Winchester Poetry Festival Diary: What isn’t translation?

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?

Winchester Poetry Festival Diary: Day One (Part Two).

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).

Winchester Poetry Festival Diary: Day One (Part One)

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)

Sinéad Morrissey to give a talk about her Communist heritage

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

Winchester Poetry Festival Poets Feature in Forward Prize Lists

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

Meeting Kate Firth

While I was at All Day Sonnets in Winchester last Saturday, I had the pleasure of meeting poet, actor, and professional voice coach Kate Firth who will be running a Performance Skills Workshop at the Poetry Festival on Saturday, 8 October. Somewhat pressed for time, and thinking about my 'what's in your bag/pocket' series, I … Continue reading Meeting Kate Firth

All Day Sonnets in Winchester

On Saturday, 23 April I spent the afternoon at Winchester Discovery Centre which is where most of the events for Winchester Poetry Festival will take place in October.  The Festival hosted 'All Day Sonnets,' a marathon sonnet reading from 10am until 5pm, open to anyone who signed up beforehand to read one of Shakespeare's 154 sonnets, on … Continue reading All Day Sonnets in Winchester

Winchester Poetry Festival Programme Launched

Details of the line-up for the second Winchester Poetry Festival, which will run from Friday 7 October until Sunday 9 October, are now live at the Winchester Poetry Festival website. Tickets are available for Friends in person or by telephone (01962 873603) from the Winchester Discovery Centre Box Office from today, 15 April.  General sales and … Continue reading Winchester Poetry Festival Programme Launched

Blogging for Winchester Poetry Festival 2016

Hot on the trails of my post about the joys of poetry festivals, I'm happy to tell you that I will be the official Blogger at this year's Winchester Poetry Festival which will take place October 7 - 9. I will be posting my Festival Blogs on this site, as well as tweeting poetry snippets … Continue reading Blogging for Winchester Poetry Festival 2016