Festival growth

Anna Saunders launched the first Cheltenham Poetry Festival in 2010. It has grown steadily in number of events, audiences, artistic success, and prestige.

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The Festival’s winning formula is a combination of readings from poets in the burgeoning Cheltenham poetry community alongside poets of national and international reputation. Visiting and local poets also present performance poetry ranging from the thought-provoking to pure comedy. The climax of performance poetry comes in popular competitive slams at junior and open levels.
The wide variety of other events include sell-out writing workshops, music, spoken word and drama, classical poetry and poets, and one-off events such as poetry films and publishers’ showcases.                      Howard Timms,   July 2016

Events in the 2016 Festival
Friday 6 May at 1.00pm Chapter and Verse Literary Lunch with Sarah Hesketh & Christine Whittemore
Friday 6 May at 3:00pm The Way I Remember It – A Poetry Workshop with Matt Black
Friday 6 May at 6:30pm Chapter and Verse – Matt Black and Rosie Millard
Friday 6 May at 8:00pm Poetry Cinema and Meet the Director with Diana Taylor
Saturday 7 May at 12noon Across the Lost Border – poetry and song with Kevan Manwaring and Chantelle Smith
Saturday 7 May at 2pm Alfred, Lord Tennyson in Cheltenham – with David Elder
Saturday 7 May at 3.30pm James Joyce in Music – Gerry Smyth
Saturday 7 May at 5pm Shakespeare’s Roman Plays – a talk by Dr Paul Innes
Saturday 7 May at 7:00pm From Page to Stage – Todd Swift and Rhys Milsom
Saturday 7 May at 8:30pm Stuart Maconie

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Sunday 8 May at 11:30am Unheard Melodies — a workshop with Graham Burchell
Sunday 8 May at 2pm Chapter and Verse – Scumbled – Lesley Ingram and Martin Lytton
Sunday May 8 at 3.30pm Rhian Edwards & Linda Black
Sunday May 8 at 5pm Graham Burchell & Mantie Lister
Sunday 8 May at 7pm Cheltenham Poetry Festival Players – The Bard of Avon; a celebration of Shakespeare
Sunday 8 May, 8.30pm Wyton Wisdom with Peter Wyton 
Monday 9 May at 11:30am Beat Writers Block — workshop with Kim Fleet
Monday 9 May at 5pm The Weather House – Simon Williams and Susan Taylor
Monday 9 May at 6.30pm The Beauty of Travel. Christopher Somerville, David Ashbee & Marianne H John
Monday 9 May at 8pm Cheltenham; an Alternative History – Kim Fleet and Angela France
Tuesday 10 May at 11.30am Lifting the Veil from the Hidden Beauty of the World – a talk on Shelley by Sylvia Charlewood
Tuesday 10 May at 2:00pm From Prose to Poetry — a workshop with Sue Johnson
Tuesday 10 May at 6.30pm Reflections – David Clarke and Sarah James
Tuesday 10 May at 8pm Flash! A micro-fiction showcase with Tania Hershman and students from The University of Gloucestershire.
Wednesday 11 May at 10am The Winchcombe Poets – A Thing of Beauty

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Wednesday 11 May at 3.30pm The Goddess in Poetry
Wednesday 11 May at 6.30pm The Storyteller of the Year Entertains – Trevor Carter
Wednesday 11 May at 8pm Miserable Malcolm’s Graveside Manner – Bill Jones
Thursday, 12 May at 11am Praise Be to Nero’s Neptune – John Hughes on Bob Dylan
Thursday 12 May at 2pm Helen Moore and Stroud Pamphlet Poets – Eco-Poetry
Thursday 12 May at 3.30pm The Stroud Pamphlet Poets – Cutting the Heart Asunder
Thursday 12 May at 6.30pm Pete Mullineaux, Alice Merry, Lania Knight
Thursday 12 May at 8pm Indigo Dreams Showcase
Friday 13 May at 5pm Compound Prize Winners – Two poets, one poem
Friday 13 May at 7pm Stand-up for Poetry! Mythical Creatures with Angie Belcher
Friday 13 May at 8.30pm SLAM BURGER! The 6th Cheltenham Poetry Festival Slam Saturday 14 May at 2pm Self-Publishing – The Writer’s Route to Freedom with Miles Bailey
Saturday May 14, 3.30pm A Terrible Beauty is Born. Nigel McLoughlin on Easter 1916 by WB Yeats
Saturday 14 May at 6.30 pm George Szirtes & Nigel McLoughlin
Saturday 14 May at 8.00 pm Poetry Amongst the Paintings with Carrie Etter

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Sunday 15 May at 11:00am Beginning and ending the poem — workshop with David Clarke
Sunday 15 May at 2pm Chapter and Verse – Samantha Harvey and Jack Underwood
Sunday 15 May at 3:30pm The Verse is Yet to Come – Tea and Comic Verse with John GormanSunday 15 May at 5pm Love and Loss – R.V. Bailey and June Hall
Sunday 15 May at 6:30pm The Masked Poet – a Rhyme off!
Sunday 15 May at 8pm There and Back Again – A Final Night Party with the Cheltenham Improvisers Orchestra.