2017 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;

 

Bath Independent Literature festival 27th Feb- 8th March
http://bathfestivals.org.uk/literature/

Oxford FT Literary festival April 2nd -10th
http://oxfordliteraryfestival.org/literature-events/201

 

 Much Wenlock Poetry Festival April 22nd -24th

http://www.wenlockpoetryfestival.org/

Sat 26th Apr Stratford upon Avon Literary Festival -April 24th-1st May

http://www.stratfordliteraryfestival.co.uk/

The Cheltenham Poetry Festival;  May 6th -15th

http://www.cheltenhampoetryfest.co.uk/

 

Chipping Campden Lit Festival May 3rd-  8th
http://www.campdenlitfest.co.uk/contentok.php?id=88

 

 Swindon Festival of Literature, May 4th -16th including youth and adult poetry slams
http://www.visitwiltshire.co.uk/whats-on/swindon-festival-of-literature-2014-p509473

  Nailsworth Festival inc Poetry Slam May

http://www.nailsworthfestival.org.uk/

Audlem Festival, May 26th – 30th

Cheshire including Poetry Slam on the opening night
http://www.audlemfestival.com/

 Hay Festival  May 26th -1st June

http://www.hayfestival.com/portal/index.aspx?skinid=1&localesetting=en-GB

Leek Arts Festival June
http://leekartsfestival.co.uk/

 

 Worcester Literary Festival June

http://www.worcslitfest.com/

 Leamington Spa, Peace Festival  June Sat 18th/19th June

http://www.peacefestival.org.uk/

 Ashbourne Festival  June Fri 17th June -3rd July

http://www.ashbournefestival.org/

 Ludlow Festival June 11th- 3rd July

http://www.ludlowcastle.com/pages/events.aspx

Stratford Poetry Festival  July
http://www.shakespeare.org.uk/visit-the-houses/whats-on/series/stratford-upon-avon-poetry-festival/stratford-upon-avon-poetry-festival-2014.html


Ledbury Poetry Festival July 1st- 10th

http://www.poetry-festival.co.uk

http://www.debretts.com/social-season/ledbury-poetry-festival.aspx

 Lichfield Festival July 1st 10th

http://www.lichfieldfestival.org/

 Buxton Festival July 8th -24th

http://www.buxtonfestival.co.uk/

  Shambhala Music and Arts Festival  Aug 5th -7th

Northants – Poetry Tent
http://shambalafestival.org/

Bridgenorth Festival Augsept
http://www.bridgnorthmusicfest.com/index.php/arts.html

Warwick festival of writing,Sept  2d- 4th

Details at http://www.nawg.co.uk/zz-feature-item/nawg-open-festival-of-writing-2012/.

Wirksworth Arts Festival Sept
http://www.wirksworthfestival.co.uk

 Stafford Arts Fest Sept
http://stafford-towncentre.co.uk/stafford-arts-festival.htm

 

 Swindon Festival of Poetry Oct
http://swindonfestivalofpoetry.co.uk/

Warwick Words  Oct 6th -9th

http://www.warwickwords.co.uk/

 

Nottingham Festival of Words  October
http://nottwords.org.uk/WordPress/

Lichfield  Lit fest – Oct 1st-9th

http://www.lichfieldfestival.org/

 

Oct Birmingham Book Festival

http://www.birminghambookfestival.org/

 Derwent Poetry Festival, Matlock Bath November

http://www.artsderbyshire.org.uk/whats_on/details.asp?EventID=1522102

http://www.templarpoetry.co.uk/about.html#news-social-networking

Wellington Literary Festival October
http://www.wellington-shropshire.gov.uk/literary-festival/

Leicester Literary Festival November
http://www2.le.ac.uk/uol/institution/literary-leicester/

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7 Responses to 2017 Poetry Festivals

  1. Pingback: 2013 Poetry Festivals | Fox Tales

  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’,
    http://bambuser.com/channel/moneyisasinnocentasthegun

    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

    G.

  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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