Events Programme


The Poetry Can presents several high profile public events in the course of each year, including the Bristol Poetry Festival in September

and the Bristol Spring Poetry Festival in April/May. Both festivals bring together the most entertaining, inspirational and award winning

poets and performers from Bristol, the South west, the UK and the World in a celebration of poetry, language, imagination and life.


The Poetry Can runs Can Openers, public poetry readings, on the first Friday of every month, 12.00pm – 1.30pm at Steam Cafe Bar, 

15 Union Gate, 63 Union Street, Bristol, BS1 2DL.

Can Openers offers a regular platform for upcoming poets to read and develop their work, as well as open platforms for poets to try out new work.

It is organised and presented by Claire Williamson.


The Poetry Can supports and promotes poetry events from across the South West through its website and monthly e-bulletins.

You can find details on poetry events happening across the South West region here.

If you organise a poetry event in the South West you please post details of your event for the website and monthly bulletin here.