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Poetry Festival 2018

Join us for our 65th Poetry Festival

Inspired by peace and reconciliation

The 65th Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival celebrates the best local and international talent. From open mics and hands-on workshops to performances from world renowned artists, there’s a way for everyone to enjoy poetry, experiment and start new conversations

Washed With Such a Peace: Poetry for Reconciliation 7.00pm, 17 June

Inspired by the final words printed in the First Folio (the end of Cymbeline), this recital will include poetry from all periods about peace and reconciliation. 
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Open Mic Night 7 -  9.30pm, 18 June

Come and share your favourite poem, or a favourite work of your own, with a crowd that loves to read, write and listen to poetry. Look out for other open mic nights throughout the year on 21 Mar and 14 Nov. No booking required

Sasha Dugdale and Krystyna Dubrowska 7.00pm, 19 June

Join Sasha and acclaimed polish poet Krystyna as they share their work and talk about how they have been inspired by the theme of reconciliation.
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War Girls 12 - 1.pm, 21 June

Ruth Sillers performs extracts from her audio book compilation, War Girls. Join us to hear the remarkable and largely unsung experiences of women in the First World War: ordinary women living in extraordinary times. Their stories are not just of hardship and suffering, but joy and excitement at the new opportunities opening up from women.
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Alice Oswald - The Music of Nature - 7-8.30pm, 21  June

Join award winning poet Alice Oswald for a magical reading reflecting the music of nature. Alice  studied Classics at Oxford and then trained as a gardener before becoming a professional poet. Her new collection, “Falling Awake” was published by Jonathan Cape in July 2016, was the winner of the Costa Poetry Award 2016. In June 2017 she was awarded the International Griffin Poetry Prize 2017
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