cheltfest
Cheltenham Poetry
Festival 2017
The Future
Cheltenham Poetry Festival celebrates its seventh year with an exciting line-up of events and the theme of ‘The Future’.

The Regency Spa town of Cheltenham will be the stage for 12 days of spoken word, poetry, music, film and drama next May when the Cheltenham Poetry Festival returns for its seventh year. The theme for 2017 is ‘The Future’ and, as well as offering an electrifying mix of internationally acclaimed writers and performers, the Festival will also be looking 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 include 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 Oscar Wilde, a plethora of stimulating talks including Fiona Samson on Mary Shelley, electrifying poetry cinema, djs, a ‘poetry jam’ with a local orchestra, Stuart Maconie returns to share his love of 20th Century poetry, Festival favourite John Hegley performs comic poetry old and new, and there are workshops and open mic slots galore.

Festival director Anna Saunders says, ‘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.’

Our theme for 2017 is ‘the future’. We offer a literary glimpse of dystopia and utopias, readings sci-fi flash fiction and poetry, and we will be inviting for local poets to share their visions of tomorrow’s world.

We are also offering workshops in poetry cinema and ‘Augumented Poetry’ in which budding writers can learn exciting new multi-media techniques to present their work In an  innovative and ‘futuristic’ way!

‘The future’ looks bright for literature lovers thanks to the Cheltenham Poetry Festival 2017

More names will be announced early in 2017 and anyone interested in hearing more can join the festival mailing list.

For media enquiries please call Anna Saunders on 01242 285812 or cheltpoetryfest@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plymouth has a rich history of literary connections and following Michael Sullivan’s successful term as the city’s first Poet Laureate we are now seeking the next talented poet to take up this prestigious role.

Plymouth City Laureate is a two-year role offered by Plymouth City Council with the support of Plymouth Culture and Literature Works.

If you are passionate about poetry and Plymouth, and want to work to reflect the culture of the city and create new community conversations, this is the ideal role to support and develop your writing career.

The Plymouth City Laureate is an honorary post. The locally based Laureate will be commissioned to write and present bespoke poetry, enthuse and inform residents through workshops, and contribute to important civic events and festivals.

Plymouth City Council leader Tudor Evans, said: “I’m delighted that the role of Plymouth’s City Laureate has become a part of our city’s culture. We have had a fantastic start to our Laureateship with Michael Sullivan, and I’m looking forward to our new Laureate’s contribution to our community conversations. This scheme is about getting the city excited about its culture and giving it a voice.”

Tracey Guiry, Chief Executive of Literature Works, said: “It’s fantastic that Plymouth City Council continues to support the Laureateship. Poetry is an incredibly powerful medium, which asks its readers to question the deeper meanings of what is said or written. The role of the Laureate can represent voices which sometimes don’t get heard and that is always a very healthy thing for any culture to do.”

It is expected that the Poet Laureate will:

• take poetry to a variety of audiences across the city
• celebrate Plymouth’s history, culture and people through poetry, and hold an important ceremonial role
• make links with community and creative groups in Plymouth
• develop their own skills and creative practice as well as those of other local writers.

If you are passionate about poetry and Plymouth and are excited about poetry’s potential to inspire others this is a fantastic opportunity to develop your writing career.

The role will include as a minimum:

• 5 commissioned poems during the year
• Performance at specific events during the year by invitation of Plymouth City Council
• City Event to celebrate National Poetry Day in October in partnership with Literature Works, Plymouth Culture and PCC

Detailed Outcomes and targets will be agreed in consultation with the successful poet and the project Steering Group. Expenses for travel and events will be paid and it is possible that funded activity can be developed during the term.

- See more at: http://literatureworks.org.uk/opportunities/plymouth-poet-laureate/#sthash.TK79mELI.dpuf

Plymouth has a rich history of literary connections and following Michael Sullivan’s successful term as the city’s first Poet Laureate we are now seeking the next talented poet to take up this prestigious role.

Plymouth City Laureate is a two-year role offered by Plymouth City Council with the support of Plymouth Culture and Literature Works.

If you are passionate about poetry and Plymouth, and want to work to reflect the culture of the city and create new community conversations, this is the ideal role to support and develop your writing career.

The Plymouth City Laureate is an honorary post. The locally based Laureate will be commissioned to write and present bespoke poetry, enthuse and inform residents through workshops, and contribute to important civic events and festivals.

Plymouth City Council leader Tudor Evans, said: “I’m delighted that the role of Plymouth’s City Laureate has become a part of our city’s culture. We have had a fantastic start to our Laureateship with Michael Sullivan, and I’m looking forward to our new Laureate’s contribution to our community conversations. This scheme is about getting the city excited about its culture and giving it a voice.”

Tracey Guiry, Chief Executive of Literature Works, said: “It’s fantastic that Plymouth City Council continues to support the Laureateship. Poetry is an incredibly powerful medium, which asks its readers to question the deeper meanings of what is said or written. The role of the Laureate can represent voices which sometimes don’t get heard and that is always a very healthy thing for any culture to do.”

It is expected that the Poet Laureate will:

• take poetry to a variety of audiences across the city
• celebrate Plymouth’s history, culture and people through poetry, and hold an important ceremonial role
• make links with community and creative groups in Plymouth
• develop their own skills and creative practice as well as those of other local writers.

If you are passionate about poetry and Plymouth and are excited about poetry’s potential to inspire others this is a fantastic opportunity to develop your writing career.

The role will include as a minimum:

• 5 commissioned poems during the year
• Performance at specific events during the year by invitation of Plymouth City Council
• City Event to celebrate National Poetry Day in October in partnership with Literature Works, Plymouth Culture and PCC

Detailed Outcomes and targets will be agreed in consultation with the successful poet and the project Steering Group. Expenses for travel and events will be paid and it is possible that funded activity can be developed during the term.

- See more at: http://literatureworks.org.uk/opportunities/plymouth-poet-laureate/#sthash.TK79mELI.dpuf
This five-session course is open to anyone who wishes to participate in playing and experimenting with poetic forms, styles, and genres. Taking a range of starting points, we will open up ideas of what poetry is, with a view to stimulating your writing and sharing in discussion. We will read poems by several writers whose writing has brought fresh impetus to poetry. Each participant will engage with a palette that may enrich or clarify their own poetry. - See more at: http://www.poetryschool.com/courses-workshops/face-to-face/poetry-studio--spring-2016.php#sthash.I684crwF.dpuf
This five-session course is open to anyone who wishes to participate in playing and experimenting with poetic forms, styles, and genres. Taking a range of starting points, we will open up ideas of what poetry is, with a view to stimulating your writing and sharing in discussion. We will read poems by several writers whose writing has brought fresh impetus to poetry. Each participant will engage with a palette that may enrich or clarify their own poetry. - See more at: http://www.poetryschool.com/courses-workshops/face-to-face/poetry-studio--spring-2016.php#sthash.I684crwF.dpuf
This five-session course is open to anyone who wishes to participate in playing and experimenting with poetic forms, styles, and genres. Taking a range of starting points, we will open up ideas of what poetry is, with a view to stimulating your writing and sharing in discussion. We will read poems by several writers whose writing has brought fresh impetus to poetry. Each participant will engage with a palette that may enrich or clarify their own poetry. - See more at: http://www.poetryschool.com/courses-workshops/face-to-face/poetry-studio--spring-2016.php#sthash.I684crwF.dpuf
This five-session course is open to anyone who wishes to participate in playing and experimenting with poetic forms, styles, and genres. Taking a range of starting points, we will open up ideas of what poetry is, with a view to stimulating your writing and sharing in discussion. We will read poems by several writers whose writing has brought fresh impetus to poetry. Each participant will engage with a palette that may enrich or clarify their own poetry. - See more at: http://www.poetryschool.com/courses-workshops/face-to-face/poetry-studio--spring-2016.php#sthash.I684crwF.dpuf
This five-session course is open to anyone who wishes to participate in playing and experimenting with poetic forms, styles, and genres. Taking a range of starting points, we will open up ideas of what poetry is, with a view to stimulating your writing and sharing in discussion. We will read poems by several writers whose writing has brought fresh impetus to poetry. Each participant will engage with a palette that may enrich or clarify their own poetry. - See more at: http://www.poetryschool.com/courses-workshops/face-to-face/poetry-studio--spring-2016.php#sthash.I684crwF.dpuf
This five-session course is open to anyone who wishes to participate in playing and experimenting with poetic forms, styles, and genres. Taking a range of starting points, we will open up ideas of what poetry is, with a view to stimulating your writing and sharing in discussion. We will read poems by several writers whose writing has brought fresh impetus to poetry. Each participant will engage with a palette that may enrich or clarify their own poetry. - See more at: http://www.poetryschool.com/courses-workshops/face-to-face/poetry-studio--spring-2016.php#sthash.I684crwF.dpuf
This five-session course is open to anyone who wishes to participate in playing and experimenting with poetic forms, styles, and genres. Taking a range of starting points, we will open up ideas of what poetry is, with a view to stimulating your writing and sharing in discussion. We will read poems by several writers whose writing has brought fresh impetus to poetry. Each participant will engage with a palette that may enrich or clarify their own poetry. - See more at: http://www.poetryschool.com/courses-workshops/face-to-face/poetry-studio--spring-2016.php#sthash.I684crwF.dpuf