New books by Maggie O'Sullivan and Paul Brown were successfully launched last Tuesday as part of the Blue Bus series at The Lamb, Lamb's Conduit Street, London. Well, not so new, really: both Waterfalls and A Cabin in the Mountains have been out since the spring, but this was the first occasion on which we could assemble the poets to celebrate publication. Also, they both date back a bit: Paul's is the completion of a trilogy that was written back in the 1980s, and Maggie's is a paperback reprint of a limited edition hardback. Thanks to both poets, and to David Miller and Keith Jebb, who curate the reading series.

David is involved as editor in the next Reality Street publication, the anthology The Alchemist's Mind. See the home page for further details, and to download David's extensive and thought-provoking introduction. This book will be launched in November, jointly at the Blue Bus again (Tuesday 13 November) and the following Saturday (17th) at the Small Publishers Fair at the Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London.

I had an enjoyable day at Free Verse, the Poetry Book Fair, in London last Saturday (8 September). Business wasn't quite as brisk for Reality Street as at the first Free Verse last year (twice the number of presses participating, but maybe not as much as twice the audience), but I caught up with old friends and made one or two new contacts, the environment was pleasant and the organisation was superlative. This event, which is entirely focused on a huge diversity of poetry (the Small Publishers Fair in November, is basically an art book show with a strong poetry component), is much needed.
PS Jeff Hilson has uploaded two videos of Maggie O'Sullivan's reading on Tuesday.