Readings, talks and book launches take place both afternoons in the Brockway Room and the Green Room at Conway Hall

Readings’ Host
Our host is Angie Butler, artist publisher (ABPress), and Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR) at UWE, Bristol.

The Green Room
Friday 15 November

2.00pm — Penteract Press
Anthony Etherin on Penteract and on form in poetry – from traditional to contemporary experiments in visual poetry. Plus reading from his new book Stray Arts (and Other Inventions).

Launch of Digesting Ritual/ Extispicy in the Everyday by Amanda Couch, Adam Alston and Kristen Fraser, plus performative reading by Couch of her new concertina publication.

3.00pm—Timglaset Editions
Launch performance by Vilde Valerie Bjerke Torset based on her contribution to the anthology, I DREAM OF A FOREST. BUT IT’S A PROCESS.

3.30pm— Coracle Press
Erica Van Horn reads from her new book, Descriptions of Literature: Gertrude Stein Handwritten by Erica Van Horn

4.00pm—Dunlin Press
Launch of the new anthology PORT. Hosted by MW Bewick and Ella Johnston and including readings from contributors.

4.30pm — Bad Betty Press
Readings from recent publications introduced by poet and publisher Jake Wild Hall. Antonia Jade King will read from She Too Is A Sailor, Phoebe Wagner from The Body You’re In, and Jake Wild Hall from his new book Blank.


5.00pm — Analog Sea
‘Printed Books in the Digital Age’. Founding editor Jonathan Simons introduces the offline publishing house and reads from his essay ‘Letter to the New Generation’.

Saturday 16 November

2.00pm to 5.00pm—Royal Holloway Poetics Research Centre
Readings from current students and graduates from the MA in Poetic Practice and the practice-based PhD programme.

The Brockway Room
Saturday 16 November

12.30pm—William Allen Word & Image
Book dealer and archivist Bill Allen presents a personal selection of early publications by Thomas A Clark, Simon Cutts, Stuart Mills and Martin Rogers; all poets and artists with a long-standing relationship to the Small Publishers Fair.

1.00pm—GG Print Studio
From Sweden, Lina Nordenström, book artist, GG Print Studio and Joakim Norling, publisher Timglaset Editions discuss material-based poetry and the process of making books.

1.30pm—etruscan books
Thirty years after the publication of his autobiography and modern classic The Grass Arena, John Healy reads from his new novel, The Metal Mountain.

Christine McCauley on the creation of Peterloo, her portfolio of prints, book and pamphlets commemorating the 2019 bi-centenary of The Peterloo Massacre. Family history, research and fine print technique.

2.30pm Break

3.00pm—CB Editions
Reading from Good Morning, Mr Crusoe by Jack Robinson (aka Charles Boyle). 300 years after Robinson Crusoe was published, a polemical essay about Englishness and Brexit.

Performance. Faithful and Obedient, by Cally Trench and Philip Lee, reflects on the traditions of wedding attire. Based on the artist’s book A follower of holy and godly matrons.

4.00pm—Les Fugitives
Cécile Menon introduces and reads from Suite for Barbara Loden and The Governesses by Anne Serre and Nathalie Léger, and Jessica Spivey from This Tilting World by Colette Fellous .

4.30pm—Haverthorn Press, (HVTN)
SJFowler reads from Nemeses, his exploration of the potentials of multidisciplinary collaboration. 50 projects place poems and prose alongside musical scores, diaries, sculptures, films, photographs and scripts with international writer and artist collaborators. He will be joined by collaborators Phil Minton and Eley Williams.

Angie Butler on stage at Conway Hall, announces the next reading. November 2018
Readings host, Angie Butler announces the next reading at SPF18. Photo Caspar Evans
A spread from Christine McCauley's compendium portfolio The Peterloo Massacre. Photo by Christine McCauley
Spread from MsPress compendium portfolio The Peterloo Massacre. Photo by Christine McCauley

Colourful spread of Tarasque Press magazine.
Complete set of Tarasque Magazine (1965-71). Champion of the ‘small poem’, edited by Stuart Mills and Simon Cutts.
Cover of PORT, Dunlin Press, 2019. Illustration by Ella Johnstone.