Programme 2018

2018's Free Verse Poetry Book & Magazine Fair took place on Saturday 22 September at Senate House in London, and we are very grateful to the Institute of English Studies at School of Advanced Study, University of London for welcoming the Fair to their home.

More than 90 publishers and poetry organisations hosted a stand, we had nearly 800 visitors, and we ran a wide range of readings presenting work from new and established presses. Remind yourself of who you saw at Free Verse 2018 ...

Daytime Readings

11.20am      Foyle Young Poets (Ruby Evans, Cyrus Larcombe-Moore)

11.40am      ignitionpress (Lily Blacksell, Mary Jean Chan, Natalie Whittaker)

12 noon       Culture Matters (Fran Lock, Peter Raynard, Martin Hayes, Alan Dunnett)

12.20pm     Seren Books (Bryony Littlefair, Tamar Yoseloff)

12.40pm     Boiler House Press (J├Ęssica Pujol Duran, Agnieszka Studzinska, Ghazal Mosadeq)

1pm             Burning Eye Books (Amani Saeed, Sophia Blackwell) 

1.20pm        Snow lit rev (Calliope Michail, Joseph Persad, Caroline Clark, introduced by Anthony Barnett)

1.40pm        Bare Fiction (Graham Attenborough, Sean Colletti)

2pm             Sidekick Books (Rebecca Wigmore, Astra Papachristodoulou, 
                     Rebecca Varley-Winter)

2.20pm       Oversteps Books (Melanie Branton, Ian Royce Chamberlain + others)

2.40pm       Guillemot Press (Amy McCauley) 

3pm             Offord Road Books (Helen Charman, Alex MacDonald, A K Blakemore)

3.20pm       New Departures (John Hegley, Mahmood Jamal, Vanessa Vie, Michael 
                     Horovitz, Adam Horovitz)

3.40pm       Poetry on the Picket Line (Nadia Drews, Tim Wells, Grim Chip, Mark Coverdale)

4pm             Bad Betty Press (Setareh Ebrahimi, Joel Auterson, Iris Colomb, Kate B Hall)

Chelsey Minnis Evening Reading - 7.30pm

Rounding off a busy day of browsing, buying, chatting and listening, we offered a rare chance to hear influential American poet Chelsey Minnis, whose work has been described by Arielle Greenberg, as ‘a feminine, feminist incorporating of the grotesque and cruel with the spangled and dreamy.’

Chelsey Minnis grew up in Denver. She attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She is the author of Poemland (Wave Books, 2009), Zirconia (Fence Books, 2001), Foxina (Seeing Eye Books, 2002) and Bad Bad (Fence Books, 2007). She lives in Boulder, Colorado. She also writes screenplays.

Chelsey’s new book is Baby, I Don’t Care – a new collection following the struggle of a flawed character in a cinematic world. It plays with old ideas of wealth and love from Hollywood’s golden era, flirts with nostalgia without ever succumbing to it, and casts a new light on the present through the fantasies of the past. She read from the new book, as well as dropping a few greatest hits from previous collections.

The event was generously supported by The Institute of English Studies at the School of Advanced Study, University of London with the assistance of the John Coffin Memorial Fund.