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The events in the Stablemates reading series feature three poets from one publisher. I interview each poet then they read for 15 minutes – the whole thing last about an hour.

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


Last year I promised Andrew McMillan I would do a Cape Stablemates when Playtime came out. Mark Doty is briefly in UK and I’m really excited that he has agreed to join us. I met Fiona Benson at the Forward Prizes (she was shortlisted) and am happy to say that she also accepted my invitation to take part. I have a new partnership with Waterstones Gower St, where this special Stablemates will take place.

Unfortunately, I have no funding for this one so need to sell lots of tickets – but with this line-up, why wouldn’t you rush to book? More info below and here’s the link: Booking for Cape Stablemates

Jill Abram presents Stablemates: Conversation & poetry with Mark Doty, Andrew McMillan and Fiona Benson of Jonathan Cape

on Wednesday 14th November. Readings start promptly at 7pm
at Waterstones Gower St, 82 Gower Street, London, WC1E 6EQ
Tickets £10 (general) £8 (students/Waterstones cardholders) Book here

Mark Doty was the first American to win the TS Eliot prize, and has been shortlisted twice since, most recently for Deep Lane. Prizes in the USA include the National Book Award and the National Book Critics’ Circle Award His writing, in poetry and memoir, became some of the definitive literature of the Aids era.  A poet of glow – Ruth Padel

Andrew McMillan’s debut Physical was the first poetry collection to win The Guardian First Book Award. It also won a Somerset Maugham Award, an Eric Gregory Award, the Fenton Aldeburgh Prize and a Northern Writers’ award. It was shortlisted for many other prizes and has been translated into French and Norwegian. Playtime was published in August.

Fiona Benson’s pamphlet was the first in the Faber New Poets series. Bright Travellers won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize and was shortlisted for both TS Eliot and Forward Prizes. Ruins was shortlisted this year for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem. Vertigo & Ghost will be published in January.

Founded in 1921, Jonathan Cape is renowned for its outstanding fiction, non-fiction and poetry, and has more Booker Prize winners than any other imprint.


Fri 6th July at Ledbury Poetry Festival – with Kim Moore, Jonathan Edwards and Paul Henry from Seren (pictured with poetry editor Amy Wack)

28th June- with Richard Scott, Jack Underwood and Jo Shapcott of Faber & Faber

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

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

Flyer Pic

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