The Southwell Library Poetry Festival is a regular event in the library calendar to celebrate poetry in all its forms.
The 2014 festival took place from Thursday 17 July to Sunday 20 July.
- Derbyshire Poet Laureate Helen Mort, who was recently shortlisted for both the Costa Poetry Prize and the T.S. Eliot Award
- Elaine Feinstein, authour of 34 novels and poetry collections as well as biographies, radio plays and television dramas, will be in conversation with publisher and bookseller Ross Bradshaw of Five Leaves
- The first ever Southwell Poetry Slam, where aspiring poets compete for the title of Southwell Poetry Slam Champion. Hosted by the Mulletproof Poet
- Fascinating workshops on subjects as diverse as war poetry, the work of Philip Larkin and Viking verse
- The Poetry Tree - a chance for children to write their own poems on paper leaves and add them to a magical outdoor display
- The Canterbury Tales - Southwell Theatre Group and friends of Southwell Library present a dramatic retelling of Chaucer's classic stories
Download the 2014 programme [PDF]
The 2013 festival took place from Wednesday 17 July to Sunday 21 July.
- Just for a Moment: a performance combining comedy, poetry and film, by Mark Gwynne Jones
- Land, Sea and Air: An evening of pomp and circumstance featuring the Newark and Sherwood Brass Band accompanied by friends of Southwell Library
- Tea and Cake with Gillian Clarke: a balm for the soul and stimulation for the intellect
Download the 2013 programme [PDF]
The 2012 festival took place from Thursday 5 July to Sunday 8 July.
Poetry lovers were not deterred by the heavy rain. Benefiting from the cosy indoor locations within Southwell Library and Southwell Minster, organisers from Nottinghamshire County Council reported excellent crowds to welcome top poets including Wendy Cope and Ian McMillan.
Download the 2012 festival programme [PDF].
The 2011 festival ran from 3 to 9 July and included featured Simon Armitage, American Jazz and Poetry and Brian Moses .
Download the 2011 festival programme [PDF]
The 2010 festival took place in July of that year and featured Sir Andrew Motion, Poet Laureate 1999 - 2009; Michael Rosen, one of the UK's most-loved children's poets; and Jo Shapcott and Don Paterson, two of Britain's leading contemporary poets.
Photos from the 2010 festival
The 2009 festival took place from 11-19 July of that year and featured sessions on Byron, Chaucer, Tennyson and Carol Ann Duffy.
Download the 2009 festival programme [PDF]