Cheltenham Poetry Festival 2015 
22 April 4 May

Preview Weekend 6, 7, 8 March

We are only weeks away from Cheltenham Poetry Festival 2015. This year we are celebrating our fifth birthday with a jam-packed programme which includes comedy, hip hop, bands, drama, children's workshops plus readings from internationally acclaimed poets.

This years theme is the environment and the natural world.  

Green highlights include a reading, sponsored by The Campaign to Protect Rural England (Gloucestershire), by one of our greatest living poets Sean O'Brien. Hes joined by environmental poet Michael McKimm. We are also launching Dear World a new pamphlet from the Cheltenham Poetry Festivals publishing arm  (Three Shoes Press) featuring poems by some of the poets reading at the Festival. We delighted to welcome Christopher Somerville (Walking Correspondent for The Telegraph for 17 years), Adam Horovitz - both with local connections - David Morley and Ann Segrave, whose work teems with organic life and lyrical imagery of the natural world.  Other highlights include: the Festivals (and Carol Ann Duffys) favourite poetry band Little Machine; a galaxy of acclaimed poets such as Claire Trevien, Tim Liardet, Martyn Crucefix, Stephen James, Charles Bennett, Jo Bell, Wendy Klein and many more, plus showcases from prestigious publishing houses and a host of distinguished local writers; bands; comedy; freestyle from Martin Dawes; hip hop from Petra Vita; childrens poetry shows and much more!

Before that we have a very special Preview Weekend which includes performances from festival favourite John Hegley, pop-folk band The Boundless Brothers, Improv comedy from Knowing Smirk plus much more!

 You can read the full programme for our PREVIEW WEEKEND on page 6 of

The full programme for the Festival will be on line on Monday 9 February.



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