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

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

Julia Bird works for the Poetry Society and as an independent literature producer and promoter at Jaybird Live Literature. She created Poembola, #TheDarkisReading, and A Joy Forever with Mike Sims. Now You Can Look was inspired by the lives of various artists from the 1930s and 40s. Bird’s is a poetry of ideas, but unexpected, often extraordinary ones – TLS

Emma Simon was a Jerwood/Arvon Mentee and her work was included in The Very Best of 52 and Writing Motherhood anthology. Her debut pamphlet Dragonish was published last year. Dragonish really whets the appetite for the full debut collection that will no doubt be warmly greeted in a few years. Jonathan Edwards

John Clegg’s first collection, Antler, won an Eric Gregory award. Captain Love and the Five Joaquins is a tale of the Old West with illustrations by Emma Wright. John works at LRB bookshop and writes its unique Twitter feed. No poet writing today matches John Clegg for wit and rigour. Dai George

The Emma Press is dedicated to producing beautiful, thought-provoking books. It won the Michael Marks Publishers Award in 2016.


26th April – with David Clarke, Stephen Daniels and Sarah James from V. Press
24th May – with Richard Georges, SJ Fowler +1 tba from Shearsman
28th June – with Jo Shapcott, Richard Scott +1 tba from Faber & Faber


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