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Free Verse is home to the Poetry Book Fair and the Poetry Magazine Fair. Free Verse fairs offer an all-day bazaar, market, library, meeting place, performance venue, information resource and more. Publishers both large and small, both experimental and traditional, display and sell their work direct to the public, celebrating the vitality of contemporary poetry publishing in the UK, and giving a chance to explore all it has to offer. The organisers are Chrissy Williams, Director and Joey Connolly, Manager. We'd also like to welcome Will Harris, the newest member of the team, who has been busy programming the readings for the first Poetry Magazine Fair.

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Free Verse was first held in 2011 in Exmouth Market, London and was attended by 23 poetry presses. It was received enthusiastically by publishers, writers and readers. It was organised by Charles Boyle of CB editions, with a readings programme coordinated by Chrissy Williams.

Free Verse 2012, organised jointly by Charles and Chrissy, was held in Candid Arts, London, and was attended by 50 presses, more than twice as many as the previous year. It included more free readings, workshops organised by the Poetry School and saw a marked increase in audience numbers.

Free Verse 2013, organised by Charles and Chrissy with the invaluable assistance of Joey Connolly, was held in Conway Hall, with almost 60 exhibitors, with the addition of an evening do at the Square Pig & Pen on Red Lion Square.

Charles Boyle stepped down for the 2014 Free Verse, but fellow organisers Chrissy and Joey Connolly stayed on to try and fill his extraordinary shoes. The fair took place in Conway Hall again, with the addition of an evening do at the nearby Rugby Tavern and an extra stage of readings in the Garden Cafe in Red Lion Square. We held two discussions, and the readings showcased the work of over 60 poets, including new pamphlets, anti-war poetry, new generation voices, a Choc-Lit poetry anthology, poetry from Japan and much, much more.

The 2015 and 2016 fairs were also held in Conway Hall again, featured more than 80 exhibitors and again had a packed programme of readings and discussions.



Exhibitors at the 2016 Fair
A Midsummer Night’s Press, Agenda, Allardyce, Barnett, Publishers, Ambit Magazine, Arc, Assorted Translations, Blart Books, Bloodaxe, British Haiku Society, Carcanet, CB editions, Cinnamon Press, Controlled Explosion Press, Corbel Stone Press, Crater Press, Egg Box, Emma Press, Equinox Press, Etruscan Books, Eyewear Poetry, Faber & Faber, Fair Acre Press, Five Leaves Press, Flarestack Poets, Forward Prizes, Frogmore Press, Gatehouse Press, Green Bottle Press, HappenStance, Hearing Eye, Hercules Editions, Holland Park Press, if p then q, Inpress, Isobar Press, Katabasis, Liquorice Fish Books, Literary Pocket Books, London Magazine, Melos Press, Mother’s Milk Books, Modern Poetry in Translation, Neon Books, New Departures/Poetry Olympics, Nine Arches Press, Original Plus and The Journal, Oversteps Books Limited, Paekakariki Press Ltd, Paper Swans Press, Pearbox Press, Penned in the Margins, Poetry Archive, Poetry Book Society, Poetry Library, Poetry School, Poetry Society, Poetry Translation Centre, Quirky Press, Rack Press, Reality Street, Red Squirrel, Rialto, Roncadora Press, Seren Books, Shearsman Books, Sidekick Books, Singing Apple Press, smith|doorstop books / the Poetry Business, Smokestack Books, Soundswrite Press, Stairwell Books, Stonewood Press, Stranger Press, Telltale Press, Templar Poetry, Tuba Press, Two Rivers Press Ltd, Ugly Duckling Presse, V Press, Valley Press, Veer Books, Versal, William Cornelius, Harris Publishing, Words Press, zimZalla



Exhibitors at the 2015 Fair
A Midsummer Night's Press, Agenda, Allardyce, Barnett, Publishers, Ambit, Arc Publications, Assorted Translations, Blart Books, Bloodaxe Books, British Haiku Society, Carcanet Press, CB Editions, Cinnamon Press, Controlled Explosion Press, Corbel Stone Press, Crater Press, Egg Box Publishing, Emma Press, The, Equinox Press, Etruscan Books, Eyewear Publishing, Faber & Faber, Fair Acre Press, Five Leaves Press, Flarestack Poets, Forward Arts Foundation, Frogmore Press, The, Gatehouse Press, Green Bottle Press, HappenStance Press, Hearing Eye, Hercules Editions, Holland Park Press, if p then q, Inpress, Isobar Press, Katabasis, Liquorice Fish Books, Literary Pocket Books, London Magazine Editions, The, Melos Press, Mother's Milk Books, Modern Poetry in Translation, Neon Books, New Departures / Poetry Olympics, Nine Arches Press, Original Plus, Oversteps Books Limited, Paekakariki Press Ltd, Paper Swans Press, Pearbox Press, Penned in the Margins, Poetry Archive, Poetry Book Society, Poetry Business, The, Poetry Library, Poetry School, Poetry Society, Poetry Translation Centre, Quirky Press, Rack Press, Reality Street, Red Squirrel Press, Rialto, The, Roncadora Press, Seren Books, Shearsman Books, Sidekick Books, Singing Apple Press, Smith | Doorstop Books, Smokestack Books, Soundswrite Press, Stairwell Books, Stonewood Press, Stranger Press, Telltale Press, Templar Poetry, Tuba Press, Two Rivers Press Ltd, Ugly Duckling Presse, V. Press, Valley Press, Veer Books, Versal, William CorneliusHarris Publishing, Words Press, zimZalla



Exhibitors at the 2014 Fair
In 2014 we were able to produce an anthology and publisher guide to give out for free at the Poetry Book Fair. Please click on the image below to read it (once inside, just click on the page again to zoom in, then click once to zoom out again). There is also a full list of the attending publishers pasted underneath:


If you would like a physical copy of the 2014 Publisher Guide & Anthology, you will find extra copies available at the Poetry Library at Southbank Centre. Email us on poetrybookfair@gmail.com if you would like us to send you one.
 
13 Pages, A Midsummer Night's Press, Acumen Publications, Agenda Poetry, Allardyce, Barnett, Publishers, Ambit, Annexe, Arc Publications, Blart, Bloodaxe Books, Burning Eye Books, Candlestick Press, Carcanet Press, CB editions, Cultured Llama, Egg Box, Emma Press, Enitharmon Press, Etruscan Books, Eyewear Publishing, Faber and Faber, Five Leaves Publishing, Flarestack Poets, Gatehouse Press, Grey Hen Press, HappenStance, Hearing Eye, Henningham Family Press, Hercules Editions, Holland Park Press, if p then q, Isobar Press, Knives Forks and Spoons Press, Leafe Press, Melos Press, MIEL, New Departures, Nine Arches Press, Oystercatcher Press, Peepal Tree Press, Penned in the Margins, Picador Poetry, Rack Press, Reality Street, Roncadora Press, Seren Books, Shearsman Books, Sidekick Books, Smokestack Books, Templar Poetry, Tuba Press, Two Rivers Press, Valley Press, Veer Books, Ward Wood Publishing, West House Book, Worple Press, zimZalla, Forward Arts Foundation, Inpress Books, Poetry Library, Poetry School, Poetry Society, Poetry Translation Centre



Exhibitors at the 2013 Fair
Acumen Publications, Allardyce, Barnett, Publishers, Ambit Books, Annexe, Arc Publications, Arrowhead Press, Bloodaxe Books, Burning Eye Books, Carcanet Press, CB Editions, Contraband Books, Crater Press, Critical Documents, Cultured Llama, Egg Box Publishing, Emma Press, Etruscan Books, Eyewear Publishing, Faber and Faber, Five Leaves Press, Flarestack Poets, Forward Arts Foundation, Francesca Kay, Grey Hen Press, HappenStance Press, Hazard Press, Hearing Eye, Henningham Family Press, Holland Park Press, If P Then Q, Inpress Books, Knives, Forks and Spoons, Melos Press, MIEL, Mulfran Press, New Departures, Nine Arches Press, Picador, Poetry Library, Poetry School, Poetry Society, Poetry Translation Centre, Rack Press, Reality Street, Roncadora Press, Seren, Shearsman Books, Sidekick Books, Smokestack Books, Stairwell Books, Templar Poetry, Two Rivers Press, Ugly Duckling Presse, Valley Press, Veer Books, Ward Wood Publishing, West House Books, Worple Press, zimZalla, ©_© Press

Free Verse 2013


Exhibitors at the 2012 Fair
A Midsummer Night's Press, Agenda Magazine & Editions, Allardyce, Barnett, Publishers, Anvil Press, Arc Publications, ARCADE Publishers, Arrowhead Press, Burning Eye Books, Candlestick Press, CB editions, Cinnamon Press, Donut Press, Egg Box, Enitharmon, Etruscan Press, Eyewear Publishing, Five Leaves, Flipped Eye, HappenStance, Hearing Eye, Huxley Scientific Press, if p then q, Leafe Press, Like This Press, Melos Press, MIEL, Mulfran Press, New Departures/Poetry Olympics, Nine Arches Press, OFF_PRESS, Pearbox Books, Penned in the Margins, Picador Poetry, Pighog Press, Poetry Archive, Poetry Book Society, Poetry Library, Poetry School, Poetry Society, Poetry Translation Centre, Rack Press, Reality Street, Roncadora Press, Seren Books, Shearsman Books, Smokestack Books, Soaring Penguin Press, Stairwell Books, Templar Poetry, Two Rivers Press, Valley Press, Ward Wood, West House Books, White Adder Press, zimZalla.


Free Verse 2012

Exhibitors at the 2011 Fair
Anvil, Arc, Carcanet, CB Editions, Donut, Egg Box, Enitharmon, Flipped Eye, HappenStance, If p then q, Nine Arches, Penned in the Margins, Poetry Book Society, Rack Press, Reality Street, Salt, Shearsman, Shoestring, Sidekick, Ward Wood, Waterloo, Waywiser, zimZalla.

Free Verse 2011