New River Press will be curating two days of music, spoken word and performance on Saturday 21st July and Sunday 22nd in the New River Tent. Book tickets here.
This year New River Press have their very own tent at the festival and will fill it with words and music for two wonderful days.
New River Press was founded in 2016 by artist Robert Montgomery and poet Greta Bellamacina. They look for work from young and old poets, both established and emerging, that is playful, romantic, and radical. I-D magazine has said of NRP that they are “breathing new life into the way we disseminate poetry”. AnOther magazine described them as “a publishing house fuelled by restlessness and a frustration with the state of contemporary poetry in Britain.” Autre magazine praised them as “one of the UK’s edgiest and most exciting poetry imprints.” They published one of the last books by the late anarchist environmentalist poet Heathcote Williams, a book about Jerusalem by the Irish poet Niall McDevitt, a book of erotic poems by a former medical doctor Barbara Polla. 2017 saw the publication of their first annual poetry yearbook Year Of The Propaganda Corrupted Plebiscites, featuring topical poems on Grenfell, Trump, and Syria, about half of which were gathered through online call outs on social media. Poems we’ve published have appeared in The Forward Poetry collection for 2017 and The London Magazine. Dazed and Confused recently featured ten of their poets in an article on the press titled ‘Poems to make sense of the world.’