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Cheltenham Poetry Festival  6 - 15th May 2016 
' a poetry party with a healthy dose of anarchy' – the Guardian

Slams, hip hop, workshops, master classes, talks, music, comedy, spoken word, film, quizzes and much much more...

Words Escape Me aka JB Barrington has the swagger of a (Liam) Gallagher and the wit and delivery of John Cooper Clarke. He counts Jonny Vegas and Terry Christian amongst his fans.

He’s coming to Cheltenham Poetry Festival as part of our Spoken Word programming. Also destined to smash the stage is the electrifying Raymond Antrobus (‘ a poet to watch, for sure’) and slam champ Deanna Rodgers.

Our festival Headliner is Stuart Maconie – tv and radio presenter, journalist, columnist and best selling author. Stuart’s going to talk about his love of poetry.

Watch this space for more announcements – the full programme will be announced next month.

This year’s theme is Beauty.
We will be exploring the concept of ‘beauty’ at our sixth festival and asking our audiences and contributors what they find beautiful, and how the concept of beauty fits  within the arts,  For example is, to quote Keatsbeauty,  ‘truth’, and truth beauty? Or is striving for beauty in the arts outdated and irrelevant?

With this theme in mind – the Festival will be staging open mic events to showcase new voices as well as offering readings by internationally acclaimed poets, a new ‘ Chapter and Verse’ section of the festival which will fuse poetry and prose, plus talks on some of the UK’s greatest poets, workshops, music, urban poetry and much more.
We’ve got some very exciting events line-up up for you at our 2016 poetry party!



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