Sidekick Books at the One-Off Indie Poetry Press festival (OOIPP)

The incomparable Bad Betty Press, run by poets Amy Acre and Jake Wild Hall, have been hard at work organising a new online festival – the One-Off Indie Poetry Press festival (OOIPP). It’s a week-long jamboree of dynamic independent publishing from 19-25 July, and a tasty tapas for all.

Sidekick Books is taking part in two days of the festival, represented by Rowyda Amin (We Go Wandering At Night and are Consumed by Fire), Chelsea Cargill (Aquanauts), Ian McLachlan (Confronting the Danger of Art, Bad Kid Catullus) and J.T. Welsch (Hell Creek Anthology).

Events start tonight (19 July) and run from 19.15-20.45 BST. It’s pay-what-you-can, so book on Eventbrite and enjoy the rich range of indie poetry being published in the UK today.

Here’s the line-up:

Day 1 (19 July)
  • Bad Betty Press
  • Outspoken Press
  • Stewed Rhubarb
  • BOOK HERE

    Day 2 (20 July)
  • Broken Sleep
  • Guillemot
  • The Emma Press
  • BOOK HERE

    Day 3 (21 July)
  • Flipped Eye
  • Life Boat
  • Burning Eye
  • BOOK HERE

    Day 4 (22 July)
  • Hesterglock
  • Haverthorn
  • Hajar
  • BOOK HERE

    Day 5 (23 July)
  • Verve
  • Hercules Editions
  • Sidekick Books
  • BOOK HERE

    Day 6 Showcase (24 July)
  • Outspoken
  • Stewed Rhubarb
  • Guillemot
  • The Emma Press
  • Life Boat
  • Hesterglock
  • Haverthorn
  • BOOK HERE

    Day 7 Showcase (25 July)
  • Bad Betty Press
  • Broken Sleep
  • Verve
  • Hercules Editions
  • Sidekick Books
  • Burning Eye
  • Hajar
  • Flipped Eye
  • BOOK HERE

    See you there!

    26 Characters: Cry havoc and unleash the badgers and witches!

    I’ve been thrilled to be part of the latest collaborative venture between writers’ collective 26 and the Oxford Story Museum, called 26 Characters. For this fantastic exhibition, the museum asked famous authors to choose their favourite character from children’s literature and pose for a portrait dressed as that figure.

    As a teaser, see if you can identify this well-loved writer getting all wicked and westerly:



    For our part, we writers were each given a letter of the alphabet and asked to write a sestude (a 62-word poem) beginning with this letter, about one of the photos in the museum.

    This project combined three of my favourite things in the world: children’s literature, poetry and dressing up. How could I resist? I was given the fantastic illustrator Ted Dewan, who posed with his daughter Pandora as Pod and Arrietty, from Mary Norton’s The Borrowers. They also gave me the letter X to begin my poem with, the rogues, but I managed to find a way to get it in there.

    We were also asked to pose as our own favourite children’s character, and I too was a witch. The Worst Witch, aka Mildred Hubble. Here I am after yet another failed potion class, and you can read about my love for this character on the museum blog here:


    The exhibition has been featured in Design Week and the Huffington Post, and is on at the museum until 2nd November 2014. For more information on this and other amazing exhibits, see the Oxford Story Museum’s website.

    A wonderful way for children to discover books, and adults to remember why they fell in love with reading in the first place.