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 the lockdown restrictions arising from it.

While the ongoing pandemic demanded caution we have pulled out all the stops to ensure that the 2021 festival sees us firmly back on track. Offering a wide mix of both live and online events this year’s programme really does cater for everyone with an interest in poetry and words, from tiny tots (Mara Bergman’s “Tall man and Small Mouse” workshop) to curious newcomers and the most seasoned of hikers on the ode less travelled. Welcome aboard. Again!

Covid Safety: The Festival offers a mixture of online and face-to-face events. We will work with our venues to ensure that all government guidelines are followed.