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FREE VERSE THE POETRY MAGAZINE FAIR 2017 Acumen Literary Journal | Agenda | Ambit Magazine | Butcher’s Dog | Dream Catcher The Frogmore Papers | The Interpreter’s House IRIS | La Errante | Long Poem Magazine Lunar Poetry Podcasts | Magma | Modern Poetry in Translation | The North | Oxford Poetry PN Review | Poetry London | Poetry Review Poetry







The Rialto | Shearsman Magazine | Snow lit rev Swimmers | Test Centre | The White Review

SATURDAY 13th MAY 2017


Welcome to the programme for the first Free Verse Poetry Magazine Fair! It’s free entry to discover your new favourite poetry magazines and meet the people behind them, and hear readings throughout the day and night! It will take place on Saturday 13th May 2017 in the church hall at Our Most Holy Redeemer, Exmouth Markets, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 4QE, from 11am-4.30pm. There will then be an Evening Do at the nearby Betsey Trotwood Pub, 56 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3BL from 4.30pm-late. The nearest tube is Farringdon.

DAYTIME READINGS In the Main Hall at the Poetry Magazine Fair:

12pm: Alan Gillot introduced by Dream Catcher Alan has broadcast on pirate radio and sung in Albert Hall. A reviewer describes his poetry as ‘written with a musical ear, far-ranging in its cultural references. A real treat.’ 1pm: Cristina Haraba introduced by Magma Cristina is an actor, script editor and freelance PR consultant based in London. Her work has appeared in The Rialto. 2pm: William Oxley introduced by Acumen William Oxley writes ‘a full-bodied poetry of largesse. It should be quaffed rather than sipped.’ 3pm: Anthony Rudolf introduced by PN Review Anthony Rudolf was born in 1942 in London, where he still lives. He studied modern languages and social anthropology at Trinity College, Cambridge. He is a major translator of literary works from French, Russian and other languages: these include books by Yves Bonnefoy, Claude Vigée, Edmond Jabès and Evgeny Vinokurov. 4pm: Phoebe Stuckes introduced by Ambit Phoebe Stuckes studies at Goldsmiths. She has been a winner of the Foyle Young Poets award four times and was a Barbican Young Poet. She has performed at the Southbank Centre, the Poetry Cafe and Ledbury Poetry Festival.

EVENING READINGS In the the nearby Betsey Trotwood’ upstairs room:

First Session – 6.30pm-7pm Hannah Stone introduced by Dream Catcher Widely published, Hannah was awarded the Yorkshire Prize in Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet Competition (2014/15). Bob Beagrie says her poems ‘draw you in with a subtle magnetism.’ Richard Scott introduced by Swimmers Richard Scott’s pamphlet Wound, published by Rialto, won the Michael Mark’s Poetry Award 2016. His debut collection is forthcoming from Faber & Faber in 2018. Mary Jean Chan introduced by Oxford Poetry Mary Jean Chan won the 2016 Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition (ESL). Her work has been published in The Poetry Review, The London Magazine, Ambit, and the Rialto. She is currently a CoEditor of Oxford Poetry.

Second Session – 7.30pm-8pm Livia Franchini introduced by La Errante Livia Franchini is a writer and literary translator from Tuscany, Italy. Her work has been featured in The Quietus, 3AM: Magazine, Nuovi Argomenti and The White Review, among others. She has read and performed from her work widely, in London and elsewhere in the U.K.

Anna Robinson introduced by Long Poem Magazine Anna Robinson is the founder of Long Poem Magazine. She has two collections published by Enitharmon: Into The Woods, and The Finders of London, shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Poetry Centre Prize in 2011. Ed Doegar introduced by Ambit Ed Doegar’s debut pamphlet, For All We Know, has just been published by clinic.

Third Session – 8.30pm-9pm Richard Price introduced by Magma Richard Price’s collections include Lucky Day, Rays, Small World and Moon for Sale (Carcanet). His essays on poetry and people are collected in Is This a Poem? (Molecular Press). He is Head of Contemporary British Collections at the British Library. Danielle Hope introduced by Acumen Danielle Hope founded Zenos, a magazine of British and Inter-national Poetry, and is editorial advisor of Acumen. She translates Italian poetry, especially Montale and Pascoli. Raymond Antrobus introduced by The Rialto Raymond Antrobus is a British-Jamaican poet, performer and educator, born and bred in East London, Hackney. His poems have been published in magazines including The Poetry Review, POETRY magazine (US), The Rialto, Magma Poetry, Oxford Diaspora’s Programme, British Council Literature and The Deaf Poet’s Society. His debut poetry collection will be published by Penned In The Margins (2018).


Acumen Literary Journal

Acumen has a solid reputation as one of the leading UK literary magazines. It manages to blend new voices with established talents and has an exceptional reviews section. Elegantly produced, Acumen is the poetry magazine for the 21st century poetry reader – serious but unpretentious, alert, intelligent and invariably interesting.


Agenda is a highly-regarded, long-established poetry journal. It contains poems by new, known and little-known poets which are a vital life force; essays, reviews, and it highlights two young Broadsheet poets in every journal (and in Broadsheets online, along with paintings). Anthology, Special, and International issues.

Ambit Magazine

Ambit is a full colour 96 page quarterly which has been appearing since 1959 when it was founded by Dr. Martin Bax. Featuring poetry, fiction and contemporary art it publishes emerging poets alongside old friends. Editor: Briony Bax, Poetry Editor: Ralf Webb assisted by Ruby Silk, Imogen Cassels and Andrew Webb.

Butcher’s Dog

Butcher’s Dog is a biannual poetry magazine showcasing exciting new work by poets from all over the UK – with a special focus on the poetry and poets of the North. Every issue has a different combination of editors and each limited edition magazine is a beautiful object created with care and attention.

Dream Catcher

Dream Catcher, founded in 1996, is an international arts journal, offering contemporary readers a terrific mix of poetry, prose, artwork

and reviews. Our contributors span the globe. Dream Catcher’s eclecticism is its strength; new and exciting art from innovative gallery According to McGee enriches each issue and provides the cover.

The Frogmore Papers

The Frogmore Papers were founded in Folkestone in 1983 and will publish their 90th edition in September. Edited by Jeremy Page, the Papers have published work by poets as varied as Brian Aldiss, Stewart Conn, Sophie Hannah, Tobias Hill, Helen Mort, Clare Pollard and Pauline Stainer, but remain receptive to new work from emerging writers.

The Interpreter’s House

Now in its 22nd year, The Interpreter’s House has feature over 500 writers including John Siddique, Ian McMillan, Dan O’Brien, Alison Brackenbury, Jonathan Edwards, John McCauliffe, Rory Waterman, Penelope Shuttle, Bernard O’Donaghue, Vona Groarke and many poets whose work has been published for the first time.


IRIS is a collaboration of new poetry, fiction and art, employing a combination of letterpress and RISO printing. It is a three-part publication, each edition limited to a single print run of three hundred copies.

La Errante

La Errante is a multilingual arts and literature zine. In the tradition of Surrealist and Situationist magazines as well as contemporary zine culture, we aim to present words and images on an equal footing, just as we aim to present writing and art from different languages alongside our native tongues.

Long Poem Magazine

Long Poem Magazine is the only magazine dedicated to publishing long poems and sequences. LPM, published twice a year, showcases the best

of traditional and innovative new writing from established and emerging poets in the international community.

Lunar Poetry Podcasts

Lunar Poetry Podcasts is a multi-award-nominated series of discussions, interviews and recordings with poets from around the UK and abroad. Recognised by the British Podcast Awards for reaching marginalised audiences, LPP offers a platform for poets to engage in discussions they deem vital to their practice.


Our aim is to promote the very best in contemporary poetry. Every issue of Magma has a different editor, either members of our board or a prominent poet acting as a guest editor. It’s that fresh eye in each issue which gives Magma its unique variety.

Modern Poetry in Translation (MPT)

Founded 50 years ago by Ted Hughes and Daniel Weissbort, MPT publishes the best of world poetry in the best English languages translations. Published 3 times a year, each issue features a mix of poetry, features and reviews. Currently edited by poet and translator Sasha Dugdale.

The North

A bi-annual magazine featuring contemporary poetry by new and established writers, a broad spectrum of book reviews, from mainstream publishers to smaller presses and critical articles, features and conversations with writers.

Oxford Poetry

Oxford Poetry is over 100 years old. The magazine was started in 1910 by Oxford undergraduates and published by Basil Blackwell. Previous editors have included Aldous Huxley, Siegfried Sassoon, W.H. Auden, Louis MacNeice, Kingsley Amis, Geoffrey Hill, and John Fuller. In the 1980s, Mick Imlah, Nicholas Jenkins and Bernard O’Donoghue revived

it as an outward-looking professional journal. In recent years, readers would have come across poems by Seamus Heaney, Andrew Motion, George Szirtes, Carol Ann Duffy, and Glyn Maxwell.

PN Review

For four decades PN Review has been a place to discover new poems in English and in translation as well as interviews, news, essays, reviews and reports from around the world. Many poets begin their careers here; many re-start them in our pages.

Poetry London

Poetry London is an arts charity and leading international poetry magazine where acclaimed contemporary poets share pages with exciting new names. Published three times a year in February, May and September, each issue contains new poetry, incisive reviews and features.

Poetry on the Picket Line

Bringing poetry onto the picket line and the picket line into poetry.

The Poetry Review

Since it was founded in 1912, The Poetry Review has been home to the world’s best writing – by both internationally renowned and emerging poets, newcomers and Nobel Prize winners. Published quarterly, the magazine is produced and distributed by The Poetry Society and currently edited by Emily Berry.

The Rialto

Founded in 1984 The Rialto has continuously supported new poets alongside established and celebrated poets. We publish a wide range of poetry, working always for excellence.


‘The Reader’s Wives of poetry’ – John Cooper Clarke. 24-year-old poetry ’zine with the best bad reputation. Tough on poetry, tough on the causes of poetry.

Shearsman magazine

Shearsman magazine was founded in 1981 and ran for two years before being folded into the London-based magazine Ninth Decade (later Tenth Decade), together with Oasis and Atlantic Review. The second series of Shearsman began in 1991, in a pamphlet format, and ran roughly quarterly until early 2005, when the format changed again to a halfyearly paperback book, each book being a double-issue of the magazine. The magazine’s contents lean towards the more experimental end of the poetry spectrum but also always include more conservative writing.

Snow lit rev

Publishes poetry, prose, translation, music, film, art, photos. Frequency about once a year. No. 5 scheduled Fall 2017.


Swimmers publishes a limited-run bimonthly pamphlet series. The pamphlets combine creative and non-fiction written work, alongside artwork in various forms, created by established, emergent, and new writers and visual artists.

Test Centre

Published once a year, Test Centre magazine brings together new poetry and fiction by a combination of writers previously published by Test Centre and new contributors. The magazine is risograph printed, A4 in format, stab-stapled, and features cover artwork by Test Centre collaborators.

The White Review

The White Review is an arts and literature quarterly magazine, with triannual print and monthly online editions. The magazine launched in February 2011 to provide ‘a space for a new generation to express itself unconstrained by form, subject or genre’, and publishes fiction, essays, interviews with writers and artists, poetry, and series of artworks. The White Review is a registered charity.


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. Free Verse is dedicated to keeping entry to its fairs free to all, and as such relies on donations to keep going. If you would like to donate, please find the Free Verse table on the day, or donate via paypal to This year’s Poetry Book Fair will take place on Saturday 30th September 2017 at Conway Hall (10am-late), with free readings and discussions throughout. Save the date! For more information, please visit where you can join our mailing list, or at Poetry Book Fair on Facebook, or @PoetryBookFair on Twitter.

FREE VERSE THE POETRY MAGAZINE FAIR 2017 Acumen Literary Journal | Agenda | Ambit Magazine | Butcher’s Dog | Dream Catcher The Frogmore Papers | The Interpreter’s House IRIS | La Errante | Long Poem Magazine Lunar Poetry Podcasts | Magma | Modern Poetry in Translation | The North | Oxford Poetry PN Review | Poetry London | Poetry Review Poetry







The Rialto | Shearsman Magazine | Snow lit rev Swimmers | Test Centre | The White Review

SATURDAY 13th MAY 2017

Free Verse: Poetry Magazine Fair 2017 Programme  

A complete guide to the readers and exhibitors at the first Free Verse: Poetry Magazine Fair, to be held on Saturday 13th May 2017 in Holy R...

Free Verse: Poetry Magazine Fair 2017 Programme  

A complete guide to the readers and exhibitors at the first Free Verse: Poetry Magazine Fair, to be held on Saturday 13th May 2017 in Holy R...