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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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24th May- with Richard Georges, SJ Fowler and Geraldine Clarkson from Shearsman Books

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

Richard Georges was born in Trinidad and raised in the British Virgin Islands, where he is Head of Humanities at H. Lavity Stoutt Community College. He won The Caribbean Writer’s Marvin E. Williams Literary Prize in 2016 and is a founding editor at Moko. Make Us All Islands was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection but Hurricane Irma prevented him travelling to London for the readings last September.

SJ Fowler is a poet, artist, and curator. He’s the poetry editor of 3am magazine, director of Writers’ Centre Kingston UK and the curator of the Enemies project, which has seen over 600 writers and poets collaborating at more than 250 events, 9 exhibitions, 12 national tours and in 22 other countries. The Guide to Being Bear-Aware is doing the work poetry is meant to do, offering more questions than answers.

It’s hard to find a poetry competition prize list without Geraldine Clarkson’s name on it. She has been mentored through the Arvon/Jerwood scheme, Writers’ Centre Norwich Escalator programme and was one of the first Primers poets (Poetry School/Nine Arches Press). Her debut pamphlet, Declare, was a Poetry Book Society Choice, her next was one of the Laureate’s choices and her latest, No 25, is imminent.

Shearsman Books was founded in 1982 and has more than 500 volumes in print. It publishes mainly poetry by British, Irish, North American and Antipodean poets, plus poetry in translation from any language.


28th June – with Jo Shapcott, Richard Scott and Jack Underwood from Faber & Faber
July at Ledbury Poetry Festival – with Kim Moore, Jonathan Edwards and Paul Henry from Seren


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

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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