Saturday, 8 September 2012

Free verse book festival

On Saturday 8th September I went down to London to "meet my publishers". HappenStance was doing a roaring trade thanks to Matthew Stewart's freshly imported Ibérico ham, free with each poetry purchase. His "Tasting Notes" was launched at the event. Like some other HappenStance publications, it will reach parts that other poems don't reach. Marion Tracy's pamphlet "The Giant in the Doorway" was launched too.

Nine Arches Press was upstairs (there was more room than last year). I gave up waiting for the stall to be clear of customers, so this photo's the best I could do. I got some books there. I also bought books by Peter Daniels (Mulfran) and Judy Brown (Seren), and "Adventures in Form" (Penned in the Margins). I would have liked to be in the latter. My forms are more difficult to execute than many in the book, but less experimental I suppose.

I'd intended to go to several readings. In the event I only attended the HappenStance session. Readings were in an atmospheric setting with a mirror as a backdrop. I made the most of the day (27 degrees) by popping to the Saatchi Gallery (a Chess display), Portobello Market, and Church Street Market

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