On the Day Details

Date: Saturday 22 February 2020

Venues: Free Verse is at Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL, and The Poetry Café, 22 Betterton Street, London WC2H 9BX.

Timings: the Fair and the daytime readings are from 10.30am - 4.30pm at Conway Hall. Daytime workshops and evening readings are at The Poetry Café - the evening readings are 6.30 - 8.30pm.

Cash: the nearest cashpoints are at 57 Red Lion Street WC1R 4PD (near Conway Hall) and 10 Drury Lane WC2B 5RE (near The Poetry Café). Some exhibitors take card payments, some will be cash only.

Food & Drink: visit the Poetry Café pop-up cafe at Conway Hall, serving hot and cold drinks, light lunches and snacks. For this special occasion, the Cafe has teamed up with microbrewery Beatniks Republic Brewing Co. - come and try the Extra Pale Ale 2AM Poet direct from the keg.

The Poetry Café in Betterton Street is also open all day and evening, serving light veggie lunches, vegan cakes and flapjacks, with a range of loose-leaf tea, Redemption Roasters coffee and artisanal soft drinks. 

Wifi: at Conway Hall, the network is 'Conway Hall Free Wifi'. At The Poetry Café, the network is 'Poetry Cafe' and the password 'edwinmorgan'. 

in the unlikely event of an emergency, please be directed by Conway Hall / Poetry Society staff. 

Donations: The Poetry Book & Magazine Fair is free to enter, as are all the readings at Conway Hall and The Poetry Caf
é. We offer a bursary scheme to assist with the travel costs of small publishers coming a long distance. Contributions to this scheme and The Poetry Society’s educational programmes will be very gratefully received during the Fair and thereafter.

Parking: parking is extremely limited near each venue. For parking spaces near the venue, search here.

Access: the Fair and daytime readings are on the ground floor at Conway Hall, and there is a ground floor accessible loo.  The evening readings at The Poetry Café are down one flight of stairs, but there is a lift and an accessible loo. The workshops at The Poetry Café are up one flight of stairs, and there is no lift. Please email jbird@poetrysociety.org.uk with any access queries. 

Recycling: paper, card, cans, bottles and food waste will be recycled in both Free Verse venues - please help us by disposing of your waste in the relevant bins, thank you!