Cheltenham Poetry Festival will be ‘coming home’ this year.
The festival returns to the town after 2 years of running world-wide poetry events online and in September 2022 celebrates Gloucestershire poets - past, present and future - in a 10-day feast of live literature. The festival will take Gloucestershire to the world by showcasing the wealth of talent in the county, and bring the world to Gloucestershire when visiting international poets share the stage with locally sourced talent. The festival includes: a celebration of the much-loved Dymock Poets, a ‘reveal’ of the names of poets in the newly formed ‘Gloucestershire School of Poets’, an adrenaline fuelled, spoken word standoff ( the Cheltenham Poetry Festival Slam), a visit from chap hop artist Professor Elemental, performances by a rock poet in residence, a tribute to the Horovitz Family (which includes a performance of reading of poetry by Michael Horovitz - the force behind the Poetry Olympics), a one man show inspired by Ts Eliots’ The Wasteland, written and performed by Phil Bowen, a gig with Dan Hartland and The Brink, plus, on Gloucestershire Day, (21st September) the festival offers a whole day of music, poetry performed by artists who reside within the county.
Many of the events include open mics.
The Festival runs in venues throughout the town including the atmospheric chapel at Francis Close Hall, The University of Gloucestershire.
Tickets and more information here