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The Stablemates reading series takes place at The Poetry Cafe (22 Betterton St, London, WC2H 9BX) on the fourth Thursday of the month (well, not December, July or August). Each features three poets from one publisher. Doors open at 7pm, readings start promptly at 7.30 and last about an hour. Occasional special editions happen elsewhere!

Seren Stablemates was reviewed by Greg Freeman on Write Out Loud
Flapjack Stablemates in Birmingham was reviewed by Sally Jack on Sabotage Reviews

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26th April – with David Clarke, Stephen Daniels and Sarah James from V. Press

Doors open 7pm, poetry starts promptly at 7.30
at The Poetry Café, 22 Betterton St, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9BX
Tickets £6 in advance from Buy Now button below or £8 (cash only) on the door

Stephen Daniels is the editor of Amaryllis Poetry (Poetry Swindon’s blog) and Strange Poetry. Tell Mistakes I Love Them exposes social nerves and pokes at the wounds with poems that are very vulnerable and very poignant. Daniels is a master recreating the implied sense of threat that often lurks behind the everyday. Julia Webb

David Clarke’s pamphlet, Gaud, won the Michael Marks Award and his debut collection, Arc, was longlisted for the Polari First Book Prize. Scare Stories was a Poetry School Book of the Year and longlisted for Best Poetry Pamphlet in Saboteur Awards 2017. His second collection will be published next year. Scare stories is a frightening mirror, but it’s also compelling and hypnotic, I dare you to look away. Claire Trévien

Sarah James is the author of four poetry collections, three poetry pamphlets, two novellas and was longlisted for the memoir prize in the New Welsh Writing Awards 2017. She is the editor at V. Press, which she set up in 2013. Full of piercing and original imagery, Plenty-Fish shows a mature and erudite poet, unafraid to explore a variety of poetic forms and fascinated by the elusive quality of words. International Rubery Book Award

V. Press is an independent publisher of poetry and flash fiction. V. is for very. We publish work that is very very. V. is for vivid – not vague.


24th May – with Richard Georges, SJ Fowler and Geraldine Clarkson from Shearsman
28th June – with Jo Shapcott, Richard Scott and Jack Underwood from Faber & Faber


22nd March – Emma Press with Emma Simon, Julia Bird and John Clegg

22nd February – Paper Swans Press with Elisabeth Sennitt Clough, Paul Stephenson & Karen Jane Cannon

Saturday 17th Feb – Offord Road Books with Martha Sprackland, James Brooks and Bobby Parker at Verve Poetry Festival in Waterstones Birmingham

25th January 2018 – Very Selected/Poetry Business with Phoebe Stuckes, Michael Schmidt and Mimi Khalvati

30th November – Hercules Editions with Sean O’Brien, Hannah Lowe and Jacqueline Saphra

26th October at Poetry Cafe, London – Burning Eye Books with Hollie McNish, Kate Fox and Keith Jarrett

Wed 18th October at Waterstones Birmingham – Flapjack Press with Henry Normal, Rosie Garland and Jackie Hagan

28th September: National Poetry Day special at Foyle’s Charing Cross Road – Penguin Modern Poets with Roger McGough, Hugo Williams and Malika Booker

9th July at Ledbury Festival – Peepal Tree with Roger Robinson, Nick Makoha and Seni Seneviratne

28th June – Bloodaxe with Grace Nichols, Chrissy Williams and Miriam Nash

25th May – Chatto with Kayo Chingonyi, Ruth Padel and Liz Berry

27th April – Smokestack with Richard Skinner, Nancy Charley and Steve Ely

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30th March – Pavilion Press with Mona Arshi, Ruby Robinson and Deryn Rees-Jones (yes, I forgot to take a photo again)


23rd February – Cinnamon with Kathleen M Quinlan, Martin Figura and Lesley Ingram


26th January – Carcanet with Kei Miller, Kate Miller and William Letford (so mindblowing I forgot to take a photo on the night!)


24th November Seren Books with Tamar Yoseloff, Caroline Smith and Rosie Shepperd.  (Photo by Greg Freeman)


27th October Nine Arches Press with Jo Bell, Isobel Dixon and Rishi Dastidar. nine-arches-stablemates

29th September Penned in the Margins with Ross Sutherland, Claire Trévien and Charlotte Newman. pitm-stablemates