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
SJ Fowler wrote about Shearsman Stablemates on his blog
28th June- with Richard Scott, Jack Underwood and Jo Shapcott of Faber & Faber
Doors open 7pm, poetry starts promptly at 7.30
at The Poetry Café, 22 Betterton St, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9BX
Advance booking is now closed – tickets available for £8 (cash only) on the door
Jo Shapcott has won the Forward Prize, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the National Poetry Competition twice and her most recent collection, Of Mutability, won the Costa Book Award. She was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry and a CBE but refused this honour because of the Iraq war. She sent her antiwar poem Phrase Book to the cabinet office along with a letter saying I can’t possibly accept this.
Jack Underwood has an Eric Gregory Award and was part of the first Faber New Poets series. He was awarded a Jerwood Opera Writing Fellowship and wrote the libretto for the opera The Commission which was performed at The Royal Opera House, Aldeburgh Music and Opera North. His debut collection Happiness was published by Faber in 2015 and won the 2016 Somerset Maugham prize.
Richard Scott was an opera singer. As a poet, he has been a winner of the Wasafiri New Writing Prize, a Jerwood/Arvon Poetry Mentee and a member of the Aldeburgh 8. His pamphlet ‘Wound’ (Rialto) won the Michael Marks Poetry Award 2016 and his poem ‘crocodile’ won the 2017 Poetry London Competition. His debut, Soho, has been shortlisted for The Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection, one of the Forward Prizes.
Faber and Faber began in 1929, chaired by Geoffrey Faber and remains one of the last of the great independent publishing houses in London.
2pm Fri 6th July at Ledbury Poetry Festival – with Kim Moore, Jonathan Edwards and Paul Henry from Seren
24th May- with Richard Georges, SJ Fowler and Geraldine Clarkson from Shearsman Books
26th April – V. Press with Sarah James, Stephen Daniels and David Clarke
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
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
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.
29th September Penned in the Margins with Ross Sutherland, Claire Trévien and Charlotte Newman.