Welcome to our 10th year!

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Professor Elemental tells a tale in a night of songs, stand up, storytelling & surprises Full details.

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 Our 10th Festival is wildly varied — we’ll make it memorable.  BROWSE  THROUGH  EVENTS.

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Would you consider befriending a bard for our 2020 Festival? More details


Carol Ann Duffy, former Poet Laureate  — an evening of poetry & performance. Full details

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Two prestige Festival competitions — your first poetry pamphlet, and Wild poems. More details     

Alison Brackenbury “Cheltenham Poetry Festival is a triumph.”
Paul Stephenson “An extensive and rich festival.’
Calvin Tristan “Utterly impressive—nothing more needs to be said about these folks.”
The Guardian A poetry party with a healthy dose of anarchy”

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