‘Our 2017 programme is the most diverse and exciting we’ve yet produced – with a really bold line-up of inspiring writers and performers. Our programme aims to show how poetry can be thought-provoking, entertaining, thrilling, sometimes outspoken, and occasionally even shocking.’ — Festival Executive Director Anna Saunders
Copies of our brochure — with descriptions and photos of events, poets and presenter photos, and venues — can be downloaded here.
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Print copies are available at key Cheltenham venues and sponsors: Playhouse, Oxfam shop, Smokey Joe’s Coffee Bar, Suffolk Anthology, and University of Gloucestershire Francis Close Hall reception & library, and Waterstones.
This year’s festival offers 12 days of spoken word, poetry, music, film and drama. The programme contains an electrifying mix of internationally acclaimed writers and performers who include British–Jamaican spoken word star Raymond Antrobus, some of the UK’s most acclaimed poets (Ben Parker, Matthew Sweeney, Fiona Sampson, Sasha Dugdale, 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 plus Stuart Maconie returns to share his love of modern poetry and Festival favourite John Hegley performs comic poetry old and new, and there are workshops and open mic slots galore!
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