Organised by poets Chrissy Williams and Joey Connolly, the event is not so much a book fair as a raucous celebration of poetry in all its guises. In Williams and Connolly's words:
Free Verse is an all-day bazaar, market, library, meeting place, performance venue, information resource and more. Celebrating the vitality of contemporary poetry in the UK, publishers both large and small, both experimental and traditional, display and sell their work direct to the public.
We'll be there with a whole raft of new goodies and we'll also be judging a world first:
A Poetry Cosplay Parade!
|Gah. There's always, like, fifty Geoffrey Hills.|
Yes! Come as a poet or a poem, or something tangentially related that requires a detailed explanation but that makes you feel ALIVE. The winner will receive eternal glory and £100 in poetry books!
Most importantly, come and say hi. We'll be hopped up on coffee and very friendly, and sharing a table with the magnificent Happenstance.