Southwell Library Poetry Festival

14 to 17 July 2016

Southwell Library Poetry Festival: 14 to 17 July 2016

Featuring a packed programme of nationally-acclaimed poets, writing workshops, fascinating talks, free script surgeries, children’s activities and our traditional ‘Afternoon tea with….’, the festival offers a treasury of events for poetry-lovers of all ages.

Programme and Booking Information

Library bookings: Bookings for events can be made at the library, in person or by phone on 01636 812 148. Credit and debit cards accepted and no additional charges apply.

Online bookings: To book tickets online, please visit:

Please note that online bookings incur the Eventbrite booking fee per ticket.

Please note: The Poetry Archive Request show, scheduled for 11am on Sunday 17 July, has unfortunately had to be cancelled due to unforeseen technical difficulties. We apologise for any inconvenience or disappointment this causes. 

Online tickets for the Lemn Sissay event have now sold out. However, a limited number of additional tickets are made available at the library. Contact the library for latest availability.

Festival Highlights

This year’s highlights include readings by the charismatic Lemn Sissay on the evening of Friday 15 July and Forward prize-winning Daljit Nagra on Saturday 16 July. The irrepressibly hilarious Kate Fox will host Afternoon Tea on Sunday 17 July.

For writers, we have an intensive workshop with Nottinghamshire poet and playwright Kevin Fegan on Saturday afternoon, focussing on developing your performance and presentational skills. Uniquely, there is then a chance to put what you have learnt into practice by sharing a stage with Kevin at a reading later on. Bring your family and friends to hear you read!

Other attractions:

  • bring the children for Saturday morning activities based on this year's Summer Reading Challenge
  • join us for the launch of an exciting collaborative art and poetry project touring libraries later this year
  • hear local small presses talking about the highs and lows of independent publishing
  • rediscover some classic English poets
  • enjoy poems and songs of freedom from around the world
  • …and much more.

We look forward to welcoming you to a wonderful long weekend of poetry in the beautiful town of Southwell.

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