A practical morning workshop as part of Free Verse, the Poetry Book and Magazine Fair.
If you’ve ever dreamed of setting up a small press, new indie poetry publisher, Bad Betty Press, is here to help you with ideas, top tips and case studies. Join Bad Betty Press editor Amy Acre for a conversation about what you need (and don’t need) to run a small publishing outfit from your kitchen table. You’ll look at branding, editing and design as well as practical issues like applying for funding and getting books in stores.
Bad Betty’s manifesto: ‘We print full collections, anthologies, pamphlets and a limited edition mini-pamphlet series called Bad Betty Shots. We run events including launches and author showcases, at accessible venues whenever possible. Our work is supported by Arts Council England. We love writing that is bad (in the Foxy Brown sense) and beautiful (‘a Betty’ in 90s slang). We love the strange, raw and risk-taking. We believe strongly in art’s capacity to challenge its own definition, to curve away from the norm, making space for more and varied voices.’
Bring a poetry book or pamphlet from a small indie press that you admire, as well as a pen and paper. We look forward to seeing the new presses which spring out of this session – maybe we’ll book you a stall at future Free Verse Fairs!
The programme for the 2020 Free Verse is still developing – check www.poetrybookfair.com for the latest news, and watch the excitement build up on Twitter via #freeverse20
(The Poetry Society Studio is up one flight of stairs)