Two reading events at Tunbridge Wells Forum got the festival off to a cracking start over the jubilee weekend with a celebration of local poetry on Saturday and an Under 18’s open mic on Sunday.
Our youngest reader, Ava, delighted us with a self-penned poem about volcanoes that really blew us away!
Moving forward, we have our first headline performance of the festival tomorrow (Wednesday) evening when we welcome internationally acclaimed artists Anne Denholm (Celtic harp) and Chris Tutton (poet) to Penshurst church to share their collaborative project “Imaginary Landscapes”. This promises to be a very special event, and we are delighted to be one of the first festivals (we were pipped at the post by Hay-on-Wye) to include it among their programme. Tickets available HERE
In addition to Imaginary Landscapes we also have our first Poets in Pubs open mic this week at Even Flow café bar. We already have a good selection of names in the hat for this one, but if you get in quick we might just manage to squeeze you in. Contact the venue on 01892 739991 for latest updates on availability.
With two workshops coming up too we’re certainly living up to our motto of ‘poetry for all’, and there’s plenty more to come in weeks two and three. We hope you can be part of it all and to see you soon.
So time to buy your event tickets, book your workshops and sign up for our open mics.
Yes, there are just a few days to go until our Festival begins with a taster and showcase of local talent at Tunbridge Wells Forum on Saturday 4th June. Lots of local names, including many who will be leading workshops in the coming weeks, so a good introduction to what we have on offer.
Speaking of which, check the video below for a mixtape of this year’s programme and a few reminders of last year’s events.
Just a few more weeks to go now and Tunbridge Wells Poetry Festival will be underway. You’ll see leaflets, posters and other promotional material appearing around town and in local media soon, many offering variations on the headliner showcase theme above, but don’t let that fool you into thinking that is all we have to offer.
We’ve a wide range of workshops, numerous open mic and reading opportunities and a whole host of word-based performances that straddle the spaces between. And of course we have our Forum takeover to bring the festival to its grand finale on June 26th. “The best day out I had all year,” said one of our followers on Facebook, and if that isn’t enough to convince you we don’t know what is!
There are numerous ways of finding the information you need on this website – the handy links below, for example – and from there you’ll find connections for the most important things of all: TICKETS! Don’t delay, buy them today. Gift them to friends and family. Share the joy.
TODAY’S FINAL THOUGHT: if you know of or can provide a space that will help spread the word contact us and we’ll get some leaflets and posters to you. Better yet, follow us on social media and share our posts to your poetry-loving friends. A ‘like’ is great, but a retweet or share on Facebook or Instagram really hits the spot.
Very exciting and busy times here behind the scenes as we finish sorting the huge number of proposals we received for this year’s festival. Details of all those and our headline events coming very soon, and a new landing page to help you navigate them.
In the meantime, to whet your appetites, we will take this opportunity to reveal the first of our headline events: an evening of outstanding words and music from internationally acclaimed harpist Anne Denholm and equally celebrated wordsmith Chris Tutton.
Well that went well! The good news is that we have been absolutely inundated with event proposals, which promises a bigger and better festival for all. On the downside, it also means the selection process is going to be slightly prolonged as we consider what we can, and can’t, fit within what will be a very packed three week programme.