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.

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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.

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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 a novelist and poet. Her debut novel, Gods of Avalon Road was published by Blossom Spring Publishing in October 2019. Leilanie has also published four poetry collections: Chemotherapy for the Soul (Fowlpox Press, 2017); A Model Archaeologist (Eyewear Publishing, 2015); Toebirds and Woodlice (Meandi Books, 2012); Metamorphosis of Woman (Meandi Books, 2012), satirical novella Zombie Reflux (Meandi Books, 2014) and surreal novelette, Til Death do us Boneapart (Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine, 2017). Leilanie is also Editor in Chief of Bindweed Magazine, a poetry and fiction online magazine that also publishes a quarterly print anthology. She currently lives in Belfast with her writer and poet husband, Joseph Robert and their rambunctious toddler, a voracious reader of dinosaur board books. Literary blog: https://leilaniestewart.com/ Meandi Books: http://meandibooks.bigcartel.com/ Bindweed Magazine: https://bindweedmagazine.wordpress.com/

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