Last weekend the Free Verse Fair was held at Conway Hall in Holborn, London. There were 64 stalls on the day showcasing new authors and selling discounted magazines – Acumen Publications had slashed their prices from £5.50 to £2. Eyewear Publishing were selling 3 for £20 on their books and launching new authors from the 20/20 pamphlet series, which will be publishing my collection (A Model Archaeologist) early next year too.


There were also readings in the Brockway Room of Conway Hall and outside in the Garden cafe in Red Lion square. As a former expat living in Japan I enjoyed the readings

from Isobar Press focusing on English language poetry from Japan, and readings by poet Jesse Glass from publisher zimZalla, who also has a Japan connection.


Joseph Robert and I also made it to a couple of readings in the Garden cafe – lovely ambience with coffee and greenery but unfortunately making the quieter poets hard to hear. Still, it was overall a great event and we got a few freebies along the way too – which I will be reviewing in a later post.

About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is an author and poet from Belfast, Northern Ireland. She has written four novels, including award-winning ghost horror, The Blue Man, as well as three poetry collections. Her writing confronts the nature of self; her novels feature main characters on a dark psychological journey who have a crisis of identity and create a new sense of being. She began writing for publication while working as an English teacher in Japan, a career pathway that has influenced themes in her writing. Her former career as an Archaeologist has also inspired her writing and she has incorporated elements of archaeology and mythology into both her fiction and poetry. In addition to promoting her own work, Leilanie runs Bindweed Magazine, a creative writing literary journal with her writer husband, Joseph Robert. Aside from publishing pursuits, Leilanie enjoys spending time with her husband and their lively literary lad, a voracious reader of sea monster books. CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA:

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