National poetry and literature festivals
London Word Festival – Cross art form programming, commissioning of new work and exploring non traditional spaces.
When: 7th April – 5th May
Where: 22 Tonybee Studios, 28 Commercial Street, London E1 6AB
Contact: 020 7375 0258
Bristol Poetry Festival –Brings together poets from Bristol, the South West, the UK and the world.
When: Sept- Oct
Where: Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA
Contact: 0117 917 2300
Hexham Book Festival – Small festival featuring talks, high profile authors, workshops and independent publishers stalls.
When: 4th May – 12th May
Where: Queens Hall Arts Centre, Beaumont Street, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 3LS Contact: 01434 652 477
Brighton Festival Fringe – Open access arts festival open to showcasing every art form.
When: 7th – 30th May
Where: 5 Palace Place, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1EF
Contact: 01273 764 900 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Battersea Arts Centre Scratch Festival – International festival showcasing new theatre work.
When: May Where: BAC, Lavender Hill, Battersea, London SW11 5TN
Contact: 020 7223 6557
Redbridge Book and Media Festival – Workshops, seminars and events across libraries and community centres.
When: 14th April – 30th May
Pulse 10 Ipswich Fringe Festival – Taking theatre to alternative venues.
When: 27th May – 12th June
Where: Civic Drive, Ipswich, Suffolk IP1 2AS
Contact: 01473 295 911 / email@example.com
Ludlow Festival – Arts festival which includes literature and poetry strands.
When: 25th June – 10th July
Where: Castle Square, Ludlow, Shropshire, SY8 1AY
Contact: 01584 875070
London Literature Festival – Southbank Centre festival exploring the creative use of words in all platforms includes comedy, music and documentaries.
When: 29th June – 14th July
Where: The Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, SE1 8XX
Contact: 0871 663 2501
Ledbury Poetry Festival – Biggest poetry festival in the UK, it has an exciting programme including live readings, performances, workshops and exhibitions.
When: 1st – 10th July
Where: Church Street, Ledbury, Herefordshire, HR8 1DH
Contact: 0845 458 1743 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Latitude Festival - Annual music festival that now has a strong performance poetry presence.
When: 14th – 17th July
Where: Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk
Contact: 020 7009 3001 / email@example.com
Port Elliot Festival – Music, literature and poetry festival.
When: 21st – 24th July Where: St Germans Cornwall, PL12 5ND
Contact: 01503 232783 / firstname.lastname@example.org
The Big Chill – Alternative music festival which includes poetry and comedy.
When: 5th – 8th August
Where: Eastnor Castle, Deer Park, Herefordshire
Contact: 020 7009 3001 / email@example.com
Edinburgh International Festival - One of the most innovative and exciting festivals, it showcases artists from all over the world.
When: 12th August – 4th September
Where: The Hub, Castle Hill, Edinburgh UK EH1 2NE
Contact: 0131 473 2099
Bristol Poetry Festival –Brings together inspirational poets from the UK and around the world.
When: Sept- Oct
Where: Various venues in Bristol
Aldeburgh Poetry Festival – High quality festival open established and emerging writers from all over the world.
When: 4th – 6th November
Where: Aldeburgh, Suffolk
Contact: The Poetry Trust, 9 New Cut Halesworth, IP 19 8BY / 0198 835 950
Cheltenham Literature Festival – One of the world’s oldest and biggest literature festivals.
When: 8th – 17th October
Where: Cheltenham Town Hall, Imperial Square, Cheltenham GL50 1QA
Contact: 01242 505 444
Ink Festival – Promotes exciting new writing from the north east region and beyond. A showcase of mini plays short stories and poetry.
When: 18th – 19th November
Where: Jesmond British Legion, 3 West Jesmond Avenue, Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE2 3EX
Birmingham Literature Festival - This annual literature festival welcomes poets, novelists, non-fiction writers, journalists and thinkers.
When: 8-17 October 2015
Where: Venues across Birmingham, but principally Library of Birmingham.
Winchester Poetry Festival
When: Biennial in October
Where: Winchester Discovery Centre, Jewry Street, Winchester, SO23 8SB
Wise Words Festival - Aims to inspire wonder and encourage curiosity through offering innovative and often unexpected encounters with poetry and storytelling. When: Festival 30th April – 9th May 2016 plus a year round programme
Where: Secret Garden, Stour Street, Canterbury CT1 2NR and around Canterbury