Cheltenham Poetry Festival 2015 

Preview Weekend 6, 7, 8 March

Tickets are currently on sale for our exciting Preview Weekend.
Playhouse Box Office 01242.522852    Wilson Box Office 01242.237431

One event has already sold out so why not book now to avoid disapointment? 

Please click the Festival Events tab to read all about John Hegley, Ann Drysdale & Philip Rush, the Festival Music Hall, The Boundless Brothers, Knowing Smirk, Picaresque and more...

We regret that A.F.Harrold's event on Sunday, 8 March has had to be cancelled.


Cheltenham Poetry Festival 2015 programme highlights

20 April – 3 May

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 year’s 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. He’s joined by environmental poet Michael McKimm. We are also launching Dear World a new 70-page anthology from the Cheltenham Poetry Festival’s publishing arm  (Frosted Fire Press) featuring poems on the environment and the natural world by some of the poets reading at the Festival and with a Foreword by Sir Andrew Motion (President CPRE).  In this context, we are particularly delighted to welcome Christopher Somerville (Walking Correspondent for The Daily 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 Festival’s (and Carol Ann Duffy’s) favourite poetry band Little Machine; a galaxy of acclaimed poets - Claire Trévien, Tim Liardet, Martyn Crucefix, Stephen James, Charles Bennett, Jo Bell, Wendy Klein and many others - plus showcases from prestigious publishing houses and a host of distinguished local writers; bands; comedy; freestyle from Martin Daws; hip hop from Petra Vita; the Slam; workshops from Rosie Jackson and Adam Wyeth; children’s poetry shows - and much more!

Before that we have a very special Preview Weekend, which includes performances and readings from Festival favourite John Hegley, from Ann Drysdale and Philip Rush, from pop-folk band The Boundless Brothers and improv comedy from Knowing Smirk plus much more!

 You can read the full programme for our PREVIEW WEEKEND on page 6 of - except that Picaresque will be reading at the Wilson at 11:30am on Saturday, 7 March (tickets available from the Wilson).

 Publication of the full Festival programme on line and of the brochure has been delayed by a number of factors, including several venue changes.  We now expect both to be available in mid-March and tickets to be on sale at the Town Hall in the same time-frame.



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