The Stablemates reading series takes place on the last 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!
Jill Abram presents Stablemates: Conversation & poetry with Elisabeth Sennitt Clough, Paul Stephenson & Karen Jane Cannon of Paper Swans Press
Elisabeth Sennitt Clough’s pamphlet, Glass, won Paper Swans’ inaugural Pamphlet Competition and a Saboteur Award for Best Pamphlet. Her full collection, Sightings, written during her MFA at MMU won the Michael Schmidt Prize for Best Portfolio. She has been mentored as part of the Jerwood/Arvon and Toast Poets schemes. Elisabeth is guest editing the spring issue of The Fenland Reed magazine on the theme of the body.
Paul Stephenson needs a bigger mantelpiece: He won the Paper Swans pamphlet competition with Selfie with Waterlilies, Poetry Business Pamphlet competition, Free Verse Poetry Book Fair competition, South Bank Poetry Competition, Magma Editor’s competition and second prize in the Troubadour International poetry competition. He has been part of the Jerwood/Arvon Mentoring Scheme, Poetry Business Writing School and the Aldeburgh Eight.
Karen Jane Cannon was a finalist in the Mslexia Poetry Competition and commended for the Flambard Poetry Prize. Emergency Mints, her debut poetry pamphlet, came second in the Paper Swans Pamphlet Competition. Her novel, Powder Monkey, was published under the name Karen Sainsbury and she is also an award-winning radio playwright. Karen is creator of Silent Voices: found poetry of lost women.
Paper Swans Press is a small, independent publisher of poetry and flash fiction which publishes anthologies and runs an annual pamphlet prize.
Stablemates is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England