Cheltenham Poetry Festival 2018

Next year’s Festival — 19-30 April 2018 — has some exciting names lined up for you, and a powerful theme. More on 2018.

Thank you to everyone who made Cheltenham Poetry Festival 2017 such a resounding success! We enjoyed an absolute feast of poetry, prose, music, film and more! We will be posting some photos and testimonials over the coming weeks. Please watch this space or join our mailing list for all the latest news.

‘One of the foremost poetry festivals in the country’. Hamish Wilson

This May the Regency Spa town of Cheltenham was the stage for 12 days of spoken word, poetry, music, film and drama when the Cheltenham Poetry Festival returned for its seventh year. Our theme was ‘The Future’ and, as well as offering an electrifying mix of internationally acclaimed writers and performers, we looked to the future with a series of exciting new multi-media presentations of new writing which will fuse film, live performance by poets and djs and electronica.

Highlights of the Festival included a visit from British–Jamaican spoken word star Raymond Antrobus, readings by some of the UK’s most acclaimed poets (Ben Parker, Matthew Sweeney, Roy Mcfarlane), a Slam Champ showcase featuring Jasmine Gardosi, new drama inspired by poet and playwright Oscar Wilde, a plethora of stimulating talks including Fiona Sampson on Mary Shelley, electrifying poetry cinema, djs, a ‘poetry jam’ with a local orchestra, Stuart Maconie returned to share his love of 20th Century poetry, Festival favourite John Hegley performed comic poetry old and new, and there were workshops and open mic slots galore.

‘ A poetry party with a healthy dose of anarchy’ – the Guardian.

‘Talks, walks, workshops and lots of lovely poetry take the streets of Cheltenham to a higher plane for this yearly celebration of all things lyrical’. METRO UK