Verve Poetry Press

Find out more about the new Birmingham-based indie poetry press with a purpose

 

Verve Poetry Press

Find out more about the new Birmingham-based indie poetry press with a purpose

Introducing Verve Poetry Press

The success of Verve Poetry Festival proved that audiences are hungry for brilliant poetry and new voices. It wasn’t enough to leave a poet’s words to wash over people — we wanted to put them in your hands with beautiful books.

We poured all the love and ambition of the fest into Verve Poetry Press, our sister publisher, and the new kid on the block. Founded in 2017 by Stuart Bartholomew and Amerah Saleh, the Press have published a wide range of Birmingham poets you need to read now, including Casey Bailey, Luke Kennard, Nafessa Hamid and Jenna Clake. 

To find out and order (and pre-order!) their anthologies, collections and pamphlets, visit the dedicated Press website: www.vervepoetrypress.com

Verve Poets

So just who are the Verve Poetry Press poets?  Find out more about them below!

Amerah Saleh

Amerah Saleh

Amerah is a British Yemeni poet from Birmingham. She has taken her poetry all around the world to share messages with young people. Her debut collection, I Am Not From Here, was published by Verve in February 2018. 

Casey Bailey

Casey Bailey

Casey is a writer, poet, spoken word performer, rapper and secondary school senior leader. He provides social commentary and analysis through his poetry, lyrics and articles. His debut, Adjusted, was published by Verve in February 2018.

Leon Priestnall

Leon Priestnall

Leon is a Poet based in Birmingham. He has performed his poems up and down the country, He is also host and founder of Birmingham spoken word night Howl. Bennetts Hill Blues is his first collection of Poetry. 

Nafeesa Hamid

Nafeesa Hamid

Nafeesa is a British Pakistani poet and playwright based in Birmingham. Her work covers taboo themes such as sex, domestic violence and mental health. Her debut collection, Besharam will be published by Verve in September 2018.