2019 Poetry Festivals

This is a guide to Midlands poetry festivals in the form of Literary Festivals, Book Festivals, straight Poetry Festivals and Music Festivals with a Poetry Stage;


Birmingham Verve Poetry Festival@ Waterstones  Feb 15th- 18th


Lichfield Literary Festival Mar 1st -4th

Oxford FT Literary festival Mar 17th -25th

Bath Independent Literature festival  11th – 27th May

 Much Wenlock Poetry Festival April  Dates TBC



Sat 26th Apr Stratford upon Avon Literary Festival -April 22nd – 29th


The Cheltenham Poetry Festival;  April 18th – 30th



Chipping Campden Lit Festival May   8th – 13th


 Swindon Festival of Literature, May 7th -19th including youth and adult poetry slams

  Nailsworth Festival inc Poetry Slam  May 19th -27th


Audlem Festival, May 24th – 28th

Cheshire including Poetry Slam on the opening night

 Hay Festival  May 24th -3rd June


Leek Arts Festival April 25th -28th


 Worcester Literary Festival June


 Leamington Spa, Peace Festival  June Sat 16th/17th June


 Ashbourne Festival  June Fri 22nd June -8th July


Ledbury Poetry Festival  June 29th- 8th July





Lichfield Literary Festival July 4th -14th


 Buxton Festival July 6th -22nd


  Shambhala Music and Arts Festival  Aug 23rd -26th

Northants – Poetry Tent

Bridgenorth Festival Aug 17th – 27th


Wirksworth Arts Festival Sept 7th – 23rd

 Stafford Arts Fest Sept


 Swindon Festival of Poetry Oct 4th -8th

Warwick Words  Oct 1st -7th






 Birmingham Book Festival  Oct TBA


 Derwent Poetry Festival, Matlock Bath November TBC



Wellington Literary Festival October TBC

Leicester Literary Festival November TBC

7 Responses to 2019 Poetry Festivals

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  2. Terry Quinn says:

    Dear Garry, I’m not sure this is the correct method of contacting you but the only Gary Longdens on Facebook seem to be in Indiana or some such place and unless you’ve got a long commute I doubt it’s you. Is it possible for you to place the day below in one of your sites. best wishes, Terry Quinn

    Geoff Stevens Memorial Prize Launch
    Date: 8th June
    Entry: free
    Contact: tsqdor@hotmail.com
    Winners of the Geoff Stevens Memorial Prize Julie Maclean ( When I saw Jimi ) and Terry Quinn ( The Amen of Knowledge ) launch their collections on the 8th June at The Barlow Theatre. Julie lives on the Surf Coast, Australia but was born and grew up in Bristol and this retrospective collection sparks through those times. Terry lives in Preston, Lancashire and his everyday language covering ordinary subject matters have a subtext which has become the hallmark of his poetry.

    Together they will attempt to find common ground when they tackle similar issues from their books but will also read separately and there will be open mic slots throughout the afternoon.

    The prize was instigated by Indigo Dreams Publishing in commemoration of Geoff Stevens, editor of Purple Patch ( national treasure, the Guardian ) Black Country poet and artist and after a break for refreshments Geoff’s poetry and artwork will be on display with selections from his poetry being read. There will also be an open mic for his poet friends to add to their memories with poetry readings.

    The event starts at 2-00pm (doors open at 1-00pm) with the evening session beginning at 7-00pm.
    Venue Details:
    Barlow Theatre – 2.00pm
    Address: 3, Spring Walk, Oldbury, B69 4SP, GB

  3. Geoff Winde says:

    Hello Gary,

    We have just finished doing two shows at the Edinburgh Festival,
    ‘moneyisasinnocentasthegun’ http://vimeo.com/71380307
    and the piece streamed live from public places -‘moneyisas’,

    Please let me know if you are interested in either of the shows – you
    could nominate a pubic place for the second piece, and we could stream it
    live to the venue maybe. (moneyisasinnocentasthegun.com)

    Thank you


  4. David Andrew says:

    As someone interested in data you might like to have a look at WriteOutLoud’s new Poetry Directory (its working title): http://www.writeoutloud.net/directory/

  5. Polly says:

    Hi Gary, thought I’d let you know the Worcs LitFest dates for 2014: June 20-29 – thanks Polly x

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