Day Two of Winchester Poetry Festival started in the Children's Library at Winchester Discovery Centre. MPT Editor Sasha Dugdale and Access consultant Shelley Boden ran a session which introduced children to poetry (for children) in translation, "Poems from different countries can tell you things in a different way," Sasha told the young participants. "When you read… Continue reading Winchester Poetry Festival Diary: What isn’t translation?
Kim Moore, Ian Duhig and Sophie Hannah gave wonderful readings on the opening night of the festival. It really is a pleasure to hear poems you think you know quite well read aloud. Even if you've read them many times in magazines, websites, in collections and at award evenings, something surprising and new often turns… Continue reading Winchester Poetry Festival Diary: Day One (Part Two).
So here I am, safely installed in a delightful airbnb very close to the centre of Winchester. I have a Festival Pass in my hands and I'm going to make the most of it. I'll report back, in between attending events, starting with a few things I went to yesterday. The opening event was a… Continue reading Winchester Poetry Festival Diary: Day One (Part One)
One of the best things about poetry festivals, in my opinion, are the quieter, less obvious events that festival organisers somehow manage to schedule alongside a packed programme of readings and workshops. One such an occasion to look forward to at Winchester Poetry Festival is a talk by the poet Sinéad Morrissey called My Communist Heritage: On the Trail of… Continue reading Sinéad Morrissey to give a talk about her Communist heritage
Two of the poets reading at this year's Winchester Poetry Festival have been shortlisted for The Forward Prize for Best Collection 2016. Choman Hardi has been shortlisted for her collection Considering the Women (Bloodaxe Books) and Ian Duhig has been shortlisted for his collection The Blind Roadmaker (Picador Poetry). Choman Hardi will read at the festival on Saturday 8th… Continue reading Winchester Poetry Festival Poets Feature in Forward Prize Lists