The UK’s longest running poetry festival returns to Stratford-upon-Avon from 18 – 25 September with an exciting line-up of readings, performances and workshops featuring world-class poets and artists.
Organised by the Shakespeare
Birthplace Trust, the 63rd Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival celebrates 400 years of Shakespeare’s creative legacy with an
enthralling programme of contemporary, diverse and inspirational poetry.
Launching on 18 September, this year's highlights include readings from acclaimed Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) actors Paapa Essiedu and Natalie Simpson, an experimental evening of Hip-hop, poetry and performance with Birmingham-based rapper Juice Aleem, bookbinding and creative writing workshops, a poetry choir with a programme of classical and contemporary choral work, an open-mic night, and a cheese and wine evening with a reading of Venus and Adonis in Shakespeare’s Schoolroom – the very place where he probably first thought of one of his most witty and sophisticated works.
the young at heart can also join in the fun, with a lively, ‘intergalactic’
musical poetry workshop featuring Shakespeare
Poetry can happen anywhere, at any time. This year ten, world-class poets have
been invited to be poets-in-residence at venues across Stratford-upon-Avon
as part of the Unexpected Encounters
programme. Supported by Arts Council England and the Danish Arts Council, Unexpected Encounters features a diverse
range of distinguished poets including Jo Bell, Matt Black, Roy McFarlane,
Gregory Leadbetter and Arjunan Manuelpillai, taking inspiration from
observations and interactions with people and their surroundings to produce compelling
new pieces. Special guest poet-in-residence (in partnership with the Hosking
Houses Trust) is Danish poet Cindy Lynn Brown, who will be writing poems
inspired by Hamlet. At the end of the
festival the poets will perform their work and share experiences at a
special showcase evening on 24 September.
Edmondson, Poetry Festival Director and Head of Research at the Shakespeare
Birthplace Trust said, “We’re really excited by
the variety and diversity of this year’s programme, bringing a fresh, contemporary
approach to poetry for the enjoyment of people of all ages. Featuring works by established
artists alongside plenty of new writing from up and coming talents, there will
be plenty of opportunity for people to take inspiration and try their hand at
creative writing. We look forward to welcoming people from near and far to
enjoy this fantastic celebration of poetry in the hometown of one of the
greatest poets of all.”
The 63rd Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival runs
from 18 – 25 September 2016. For
the full programme and to book tickets, visit www.shakespeare.org.uk/poetry-festival.