Saboteur Awards 2014 – 31st May

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On Saturday 31st May, at Oxford’s Jericho Tavern, we will be announcing the results of the public vote for this year’s Saboteur Awards (check out the shortlist here). Over 2500 of you cast your vote this year to have a say in the outcome.

However, results are just the tip of the iceberg of what we have planned for that day, which will be the ultimate literary bash, combining fiction with the page and stage sides of poetry.

Pre-awards, we have a whole day planned out for you, with fantastic authors giving you a taster of their work and a bookfair featuring some of the most exciting indie presses around. Best of all, it’s free! So grab a pint or a cup of tea and come and hang out with us.

The evening awards are ticketed, and it’s cheaper if you book in advance, so we urge you to head over here to buy some now. Sabotage Reviews is entirely run by volunteers, each ticket you buy helps us break even, and makes it more likely that we can keep running these celebrations of indie literature. It’ll also be our 4th birthday, so, you know, it’d be nice to see you and all.

Enough with the chitchat, below you’ll find a timetable of the afternoon readings as well as a list of the publishers attending the book fair. A quick note that each editor curated an hour’s worth of readings in the afternoon so the poetry/spoken word/fiction labels are a reference to that.



Spoken Word from:
Lucy Ayrton
Tina Sederholm
Dan Holloway
Rose Drew
Florence O’Mahoney

Fiction from:
Emily Cleaver
Thomas McColl
Lyndsay Waller-Wilkinson


Poetry showcases from:
Flarestack Poets (Nichola Deane and David Clarke)
The Emma Press (John Clegg, Andrew Wynn Owen and Jacqueline Saphra)

Fiction from:
Ashley Stokes
Kate Garrett
May-Lan Tan
William Thirsk-Gaskill


Poetry from:
Rising (Tim Wells and Rowena Knight)
Paul Hawkins
Kirsten Irving
Kiran Millwood-Hargrave

Spoken word from:
Jenni Pascoe and JibbaJabba
Fay Roberts Poet and Allographic Press
Steve Nash

Book Fair

Arachne Press
Bare Fiction
The Emma Press
Flarestack Poets
Hesterglock Press
Nine Arches Press
Peirene Press
Stairwell Books
Stewed Rhubarb Press
Unthank Books

Buy your tickets now!