Our festival programme this year is filled with top notch events, including Henry, above, Costa prize-winner Hannah Lowe, and collaborations blending spoken word with both contemporary and classical music from harp and piano. In addition to these nationally and internationally acclaimed performers and performances we also feature the best of local poetry and offer a variety of opportunities for emerging talent to shine.
Most events are now confirmed with tickets available, but we like to keep things fresh so do check back regularly to get all the latest updates. Better yet, why not join our mailing list and have it all delivered direct to your in box?
Unfest Soft Launch: We are delighted to be involved in Unfest this year, with two showcases on the afternoons of Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th of June. On Saturday we’ll be showcasing the best of local poetry and on Sunday we’ll be handing the baton on to the town’s rising stars with an under 18’s special.
Poets in Pubs: Three evenings in three weeks in three different venues across town, with some very special hosts. A mix of showcase and open mic, these evenings are very special so try to make them all if you can. For full venue details, dates and times, follow the link!
Pop up Poets: The second of three events being staged at Trinity Theatre this year and a showcase for local poets and groups. And there will be cake! (Optional and not free.)
Henry Normal – The Escape Plan: “The Alan Bennett of poetry” as The Scotsman put it, and they are not wrong. A writer and broadcaster with a list of hits as long as your arm returning to his poetry roots. We are delighted and excited to see him headlining our festival, and if you’ve listened to his radio 4 series A Normal Life you will be too. Tickets available NOW from Trinity Theatre.
Equilux: A double bill of mixed media performances featuring spoken word, piano and images. With Roger West and Paul Gunn (pt.1) and Sarah Miles and Alex Metcalfe (pt.2)
Going to Ground: Last year’s poetry bathing in Ashdown Forest was a wonderful al fresco event, and Siân Thomas is kindly inviting you to partake of fresh air and fresh words again this year. Tickets available NOW
Hannah Lowe: An evening in the company of Costa Prize multi award winner Hannah Lowe and her guest, Jess Mookherjee. Readings, book signing and Q&A at Waterstone’s, Tunbridge Wells. TICKETS FOR THIS EVENT HAVE SOLD OUT
Wordplay Fun Day: Last year’s Forum takeover was a “joyful experience” (to quote one renowned poet who graced our stage) from start to finish. A game of two halves, we have a “something for everyone” afternoon event that caters for the kiddies in the garden and the grown-ups in the auditorium before an evening variety bill that brings the festival to a triumphant and glorious close. Think of this as a festival within a festival and you won’t be far wrong. We’ll be sharing more on the daytime and evening events in the coming weeks, and if that isn’t incentive enough to join our mailing list we don’t know what is!
Verse-a-Tility: The evening section of our Wordplay Fun Day and the culmination of this year’s festival season, Verse-a-Tility is a variety event celebrating words and poetry in all their myriad splendour. This event also offers the festival’s final open mic opportunity, so bring your own words along and join in the fun.