With just over a month to go until VERVE explodes back onto the scene, we’re giving you the lowdown on some of our much-anticipated events. If you’re looking for more background info and what to expect when you get your tickets, you’re in the right place!

The next in our Unpacked series takes a look at the One-off (not) Online Indie Poetry Press Festival, the brainchild of Jake Wild Hall, co-founder of Bad Betty Press. Hosting its inaugural festival over Zoom in July 2021, OOIPP is bringing its celebration of independent poetry publishers and their poets to the VERVE stage at the Hippodrome.

Jake joins us to tell us more about the origins of OOIPP and who you’ll be able to spot at their event:

"In early 2021 I was sitting inside on furlough thinking about what to do and what ways best to spend my day. It was in this moment I contacted Stuart Bartholomew (Verve Press and Festival) and said: I have had an idea for an online festival, what do you think? This is how OOIPP (One-Off Indie Poetry Press Festival) was set in motion.

OOIPP was born out of the desire to bring indie poetry presses together, to celebrate the hugely difficult work we have been doing during the pandemic, and show off the strength and depth of the work in poetry in the UK today.

So when Stuart asked me to bring a live edition of OOIPP to VERVE, I snapped at the opportunity.

There is nothing more exciting to me than bringing together all the pieces of a jigsaw of what it is to be an indie poetry press. I'm hoping that the live show will capture the same energy that made our first OOIPP the beautiful week it was.

On the night we will be showcasing work from three different publishers and six poets. The publishers are Bad Betty Press, Broken Sleep and The Poetry Business. The poets are Molly Naylor, Eve Denney, Gboyega Odubanjo, Sarah Barnsley, Azad Sharma and Sam Quill. A line-up of poets I know and love and ones I can't wait to meet.

OOIPP FEST: From furlough idea to festival stage in 12 months. Thanks to hard work and good vibes."

Jake Wild Hall

Azad Sharma
Eve Denney
Gboyega Odubanjo
Sam Quill
Molly Naylor
Sarah Barnsley

We can’t wait for OOIPP to take to the stage, and hope you’ll be there to join us!

For info and tickets for this and all our other amazing VERVE 2022 events, head over to our line-up page! In the meantime, be sure to check back here regularly for updates and sign up to our mailing list for all the latest direct to your inbox.

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