Original image by Gillian BeatonIt’s an independent poetry press originated and run by Helena Nelson and based in Fife, Scotland. It specialises in poetry pamphlets, though books have now crept into the picture.

HappenStance has no public funding. It does, however, have a group of readers.

The press mainly publishes first collections from UK poets (there are exceptions). We are based in Scotland and a couple of the publications each  year are usually 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.