Last weekend the Free Verse Fair was held at Conway Hall in Holborn, London. There were 64 stalls on the day showcasing new authors and selling discounted magazines – Acumen Publications had slashed their prices from £5.50 to £2. Eyewear Publishing were selling 3 for £20 on their books and launching new authors from the 20/20 pamphlet series, which will be publishing my collection (A Model Archaeologist) early next year too.


There were also readings in the Brockway Room of Conway Hall and outside in the Garden cafe in Red Lion square. As a former expat living in Japan I enjoyed the readings

from Isobar Press focusing on English language poetry from Japan, and readings by poet Jesse Glass from publisher zimZalla, who also has a Japan connection.


Joseph Robert and I also made it to a couple of readings in the Garden cafe – lovely ambience with coffee and greenery but unfortunately making the quieter poets hard to hear. Still, it was overall a great event and we got a few freebies along the way too – which I will be reviewing in a later post.


About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is a writer, poet and literary blogger. Her debut poetry pamphlet, A Model Archaeologist, was launched in 2015 with Eyewear Publishing and her second collection, Chemotherapy for the Soul, was published by Fowlpox Press in 2017. She is a prize nominated poet, having been longlisted for the Melita Hume Poetry Prize 2014, and her poetry and fiction was selected for the 'Best of the Web' Storm Cycle Anthology 2014, published by Kind of a Hurricane Press. Leilanie is also Editor in Chief of Bindweed Magazine, a poetry and fiction online magazine that also publishes a quarterly print anthology. She currently lives in Belfast with her writer and poet husband, Joseph Robert. Literary blog: Meandi Books: Bindweed Magazine:

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