Programme 2020

Readings, activities, workshops – here's a day of activities to spotlight some of the most exciting developments in UK poetry. Want to browse the pages of our published Fair guide? Click here.

Daytime Readings
Brockway Room, Conway Hall 

A rolling series of 15-minute readings where publishers introduce their poets and philosophies to you. All readings are free – just dip in and out during the day. 

11:00 The Poetry Society’s young poets

11:20 The Melos Press (Nicholas Murray, Michèle Roberts, William Palmer)

11.40 The Poetry Business (Tristram Fane Saunders, Sarah Fletcher, Emma Jeremy)

12:00 Carcanet Press (Rowland Bagnall, Laura Scott)

12:20 The Poetry Translation Centre (Abigail Parry with Legna Rodriguez Iglesias’ poems)

12:40 Arenig Press (Simon Cockle, David Van-Cauter, John Gohorry)

13:00 Sad Press

13:20 A Midsummer Night’s Press (Lawrence Schimel, Milan Šelj)

13:40 V.Press (Jinny Fisher, Natalie Linh Bolderston, Martin Zarrop)

14:00 Palewell Press (Sonia Jarema, Jane Spiro)

14:20 Ignition Press

14:40 Guillemot Press

15:00 Pindrop Press (Liz Bahs, Marie Naughton, Lucy Wadham)

15:20 Green Bottle Press (Julian Stannard, Caroline Davies)

15:40 Poetry Review poets (Leo Boix, Meryl Pugh)

Evening Readings
The Poetry Cafe, from 6.30pm

Eight minutes to wow the crowd. A selection of poets, publishers and wild-card guests demonstrate their tricks and flairs in the shortest of slots. After a hard day’s buying, selling and talking, take the weight off your feet at The Poetry Café for an informal reading and a glass of something delicious. 

Poets confirmed so far are Kate Noakes for Parthian Books, Joolz Sparks & Hilaire for Holland Park Press, Edward Rogers and Margaret Hannigan Popp reading for the late Peter De Ville for Tuba Press, Debbie Taylor for Mslexia, Jeremy Dixon & Math Jones for Arachne, Maarja Pärtna for The Emma Press, P B Hughes for Gatehouse Press, Virna Teixeria for Carnaval, Denise Saul for Rack Press, Keith Bray and Poppy Dillon for London Poetry Books


We also have our two workshops confirmed. The brains behind Bad Betty Press will share their top tips, ideas and case studies with all of you who want to set up your own indie publishers. In the afternoon, Will Harris (one ofthe current guest editors of The Poetry Review) will work on your poems with you with an editorial eye, polishing them up for magazine, competition or publisher submission. Saturday 22 February at The Poetry Society Studio - book here for Bad Betty and / or Will Harris.

More details will follow in the coming weeks.