Inspire Poetry Festival 2018

The Inspire Poetry Festival is back, with two new venues and a new slot in the calendar, but there’s no change to our mission: to bring great poets and wonderful poetry to Inspire Libraries across the county.

From Tuesday 25 to Saturday 29 September, we'll be diving into five days of full-on poetry immersion. So come on in – the words are lovely. . .

Download the full programme above, and see below for individual events including ticket booking.


Poet Vanessa Kisuule

From prize-winning slam and spoken-word artists Vanessa Kisuule and Ben Norris to well-established poetic voices including Jo BellMaura Dooley and Kei Miller, the festival celebrates poetry in all its forms, with a programme built on quality and variety.

We also promise a strong local flavour  – with the brilliant Andrew Graves presenting his poetry show God Save the Teen, plus up-and-coming stars Georgina Wilding and Raphael Blake, and stand-up comic verse provided by rebellious sixty-year-olds, The Glummer Twins.

There are workshops on offer for both readers and writers, including How to be a Poet with Jo Bell and one to one sessions with writing coach and poet Cathy Grindrod. And with dramatic performances, engaging workshops, a screening of Dead Poets Societya special translations event, the ever-popular Afternoon Tea in Southwell and a Poetry Takeover on the last day of the festival, it's set to be an inspiring few days.

Book tickets for individual events via the listings below.

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