The Tunbridge Wells Poetry Festival burst forth like water from a chalybeate spring in June 2018. Combining a wide variety of reading events and workshops from local and not-so-local writers, the event proved popular with poets and public alike.

Originally conceived and ministered by Sarah Miles of Paperswans Press the baton was passed to the current committee in 2020, only for their plans to be scuppered by Covid-19 and lockdown.

Forging ahead despite the uncertainties of the “unprecedented times”, the 2021 programme offered a wide mix of online and offline events, including festival headliner Luke Wright. Further staged events included the takeover of Tunbridge Wells Forum for a daytime community Wordplay Fun Day and an evening variety event offering spoken word, music and comedy and the Pam Slam open mic. Full details of the 2021 programme can be found HERE, including the staged reading events “Remember the Earth Whose Skin You Are” and “Selfie: the Lockdown Edition”, along with the numerous workshops, meetups and open mic events that made the festival so memorable.

With a hugely successful festival now under our belts we look forward to an even bigger and better 2022. In the meantime, the slideshow below offers a far from complete record of what you missed in 2021.