Bristol Poetry Festival 2014 will be taking place between Weds 10th Sept and Sun 21st Sept 2014.
Poetry Can are now putting together the festival programme and are seeking home-grown events to include in
the programme. Events that take place between these dates or near to these dates will all be considered for
inclusion in the festival and festival brochure. There is an anti-clash diary here, please look at it before you
programme your event. If you would like to have your event included, please send the event details to the
If your event falls outside of these dates, contact Poetry Can to discuss the inclusion of your event at
Bristol Spring Poetry Festival 2014
Bristol Spring Poetry Festival 2014 took place at Arnolfini on 17th, 18th and 19th April as well as at venues
around Bristol during April.
A huge thank you as ever to everyone who helped make Bristol Spring Poetry Festival 2014 such an happy and
From Hammer & Tongue to Blahblahblah the poetry events around the city were well presented and hugely
enjoyable bringing poets such as John Osborne, John Forth, Carrie Etter, Matt Meritt, Alisdair Paterson,
Katie Bonna and Stephanie Dogfoot to the stages of Bristol. There were plenty of opportunities for everyone
who fancied sharing their work and passion to perform or read at events such as Can Openers and Acoustic
You can view the full festival line-up here: bristol-poetry-festivals/bspf2014
Bristol Spring Poetry Festival at Arnolfini Gallery
At Arnolfini, Telling Tales Presented by Patience Agbabi, a retelling of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales for the
21st Century, was hugely impressive. Patience seemed to be able to transform herself into each of the pilgrims
in one of the most inventive meetings of page and stage we've ever seen here in Bristol.
Count Me In is a spoken word show in which the significance of numbers in our daily lives are explored by a
number of characters in a bingo hall. It was a beautiful and moving show with strong and daring performances
from Glenn Carmichael, Lucy English and Sara-Jane Arbury. Glenn, Lucy and Sara-Jane had also worked
with members of The Growing Creatives a local arts group who each wrote and performed a dramatic
monlogue that slotted seamlessly into the show and were wry, powerful and affecting.
Simon Armitage gave us an hour for magic, he reads so well that you feel safe enough to surrender your
thoughtful, emotional, listening attention, knowing he'll take you there and back safeish enough through the
underworld, through old house cellars, up into childhood gardens and into the arms of a kind Dad. Simon also
took questions from the audience before finishing with a powerful speech-poem from his new book The Last
Days of Troy.
The last event was Raise the Roof & Kiss the Sky Primary Poetry Slam, the loudest poetry event I've ever
attended, featuring poetry slam teams from Ashton Gate, Bishop Road, St Mary Redcliffe and Whitehall Primary
Schools - congratulations to Zombie Apocalypse one of the teams from Whitehall Primary School who won the
slam. But congratulations too to all who took part.
For a real insight into this event please see Deborah Harvey's blog here: networkedblogs.com
This site is a portal to the world of poetry in the South West of England.
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Poetry Can organises both Bristol Spring Poetry Festival and Bristol Poetry Festival every year. These festivals feature local national and international poets, to see some of the poets who have appeared at the festival over the past years click the image below.