We are delighted to announce the full programme of free readings at this year’s Free Verse Poetry Book Fair!
All readings are free to attend.
They start in the day, at the Book Fair itself at Conway Hall
, and will then go on into the evening at the nearby pub The Square Pig and Pen
at Conway Hall (WC1R 4RL), 10.30am-5pm
Lorraine Mariner, whose first collection Furniture
was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize.
11.00 Knives, Forks & Spoons and West House Books
Geraldine Monk, Alan Halsey, Paul Sutton and Mark Burnhope reading from recent work published by KFS and West House Books.
11.30 Veer Books
Ollie Evans, Drew Milne and David Ashford reading from recent Veer publications.
12.00 Reality Street
Peter Hughes launches his Reality Street collection Allotment Architecture
12.30 Valley Press
Matthew Hedley Stoppard, Jo Brandon and VP publisher Jamie McGarry present readings from their own works, and highlights from the Yorkshire-based publisher’s five-year poetic backlist.
13.00 Cultured Llama
Maggie Harris, Gordon Meade, Bethany W Pope and Hilda Sheehan showcasing their recent books, introduced by Maria C. McCarthy
13.30 Shearsman Books
Launch for 2013 Chapbook Series.
14.00 Flarestack Poets
Nichola Deane reading from her pamphlet My Moriarty
, a winner in the 2012 Flarestack competition and a PBS pamphlet choice.
14.30 Five Leaves Press
Contemporary Yorkshire Poetry: Ian Parks introduces and reads from the recent anthology Versions of the North
15.00 Eyewear Publishing
Caleb Klaces reading from his collection Bottled Air
, winner of Eyewear’s Melita Hume Prize in 2012.
15.30 Ward Wood
New Poets Showcase featuring poets published in Bedford Square 6: New Writing from the Royal Holloway Creative Writing Programme
taught by Andrew Motion and Jo Shapcott: readings from Judi Sutherland, Caroline Squire, Lavinia Singer and Sara Nesbitt.
16.00 Mulfran Press
Helen Lovelock-Burke reading new work, and Jenny Lewis reading English translations of Arabic poetry by Adnan al-Sayegh from Now as Then: Mesopotamia~Iraq
. 16.30 New Departures/Poetry Olympics
Performers include singer-songwriter Vanessa Vie, and editor-poets Adam and Michael Horovitz – who will be performing from Adam’s Turning (Headland Publications), and Michael’s three recent Jazz Poetry SuperJam recordings (Gearbox Records).
at The Square Pig & Pen (WC1V 6NX), 6pm-9pm 18.00 Arc Publications
Christopher James reading from his second collection Farewell to the Earth
, and Astrid Alben, Anglo-Dutch poet reading from her first collection Ai Ai Pianissimo!
18.30 Seren Books
Will include Marianne Burton reading from her debut She Inserts the Key
19.00 Nine Arches Press
Chris McCabe and Jeremy Reed reading from their recent psychogeographic collaboration about London Whitehall Jackals
19.30 if p then q
Tom Jenks reading from Items
and David Berridge reading from Bring the Thing
20.00 Egg Box
Poets from the Stop/Sharpening/Your/Knives 5
anthology introduced by Jack Underwood.
20.30 Burning Eye Books
Bang Said The Gun presents Dan Cockrill, Martin Galton, Peter Hayhoe and Salena Godden.