Share this page

Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival 2017

64th Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival

Join us for the 64th Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival

The UK’s longest running poetry festival returns to Stratford-upon-Avon with an exciting line-up of readings, performances and workshops, mixing the talents of inspirational and award-winning poets with actors and musicians. This year's theme is Crossing Borders. (Extra charges apply).

This year's line up:

Shakespeare's Fathers and Daughters, Sunday 18 June - Join us on Father’s Day for the official launch of Oliver Ford Davies's new book Shakespeare's Fathers and Daughters. Oliver will present his work in the first half of the evening, and will then be joined by Mariah Gale for a special recital based on the book. 

For the love of Poetry, open mic nightMonday 19 June - Our regular Open Mic night for local poets and anyone who loves to read write or listen to poetry. 

Poetry Mass, Tuesday 20 June - A service of Holy communion, led by Paul Edmondson, and open to people of all faiths and none.

The Native American Poetry Revival: For Better or Worse with Jessica MehtaTuesday 20 June - Join Jessica for a reading, commentary, and discussion on one native woman’s perspective on what it means to be a native writer today. 

Kurdish Poet Bejan Matur: In conversationWednesday 21 June - Bejan Matur is multi-award-winning Kurdish poet and journalist, currently living in London. She is a leading figure in the bold new women’s poetry emerging from the Middle East.

Local Stanza meetingWednesday 21 June - A regular meeting of the local STANZA group, this evening is an open house; members will be reading their work and guests are welcome to join-in listening or reading if they wish.

An evening with an ImmigrantThursday 22 June - Littered with poems, stories and anecdotes, award-winning poet and playwright Inua Ellams will tell his ridiculous, fantastic, poignant immigrant- story. 

Crossing Borders: Shakespeare and the Islamic World, Thursday 22 June -  In this illustrated talk Jerry Brotton shows that Shakespeare and his contemporaries held a far more ambivalent view of Muslim characters from Aaron in Titus Andronicus to Othello. 

The Landscape of my Youth, Friday 23 June - Join Greek poet Petros Stefaneas as he explores the landscape of his youth which inspired his poetry. 

Illustrate Your Favourite PoemSaturday 24 June - Turn your favourite poem into an illustrative picture. Bring to light the imagery within your favourite poem with Illustrator Clare Booth who will focus on the use of pastel colouring and drawing techniques. 

Midsummer Nights Dream at Anne Hathaway's Cottage, Saturday 24 June - Follow the tradition of singing songs and telling stories around the fire, and hear extracts from A Midsummer Night’s Dream and related poetry. 

"All the business of war"Sunday 25 June - Join us for a look at how poets and writers respond to war with Simon Russell Beale and Alexandra Gilbreath. Featuring poems of several centuries and cultures which have responded to war from many angles. 

More events

See all events
This is where the story began Walk in Shakespeare's footsteps The home of Shakespeare’s daughter, Susanna Relive Shakespeare’s love story Experience the sights, sounds, and smells of a working Tudor farm