What is HappenStance?

It's an independent poetry press originated and run by Helena Nelson and based in Fife, Scotland. It specialises in poetry pamphlets, though books are beginning to creep into the picture.Original image by Gillian Beaton

HappenStance has no public funding. It does, however, have a group of loyal subscribers and readers. The best way to get to know more is to subscribe.

The press mainly publishes first collections from UK poets (there are exceptions). We are based in Scotland and each year a couple of the publications are by Scottish or Scotland-based writers. Most of the poets, however, live and work in other parts of the UK. More details can be found in the various chapters of The HappenStance Story and various blog entries.

All HappenStance items can be ordered from the online shop, where you can also find more information about each publication. If you'd rather order by post, please download a list of all current publications and an order form (see link at bottom of home page).


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