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Winchester Poetry Day

Winchester Poetry Day

Winchester Poetry Festival

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Sat 14 October 
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Winchester Discovery Centre
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Winchester Poetry Festival
Winchester Poetry Day

Please note: all events take place at Winchester Discovery Centre

Myths and Living Legends
9am – 11.30am
A poetry workshop with Matt West. Drawing on contemporary examples, this practical workshop explores techniques for creating memorable poems that focus on character, revealing identity through embellishment, omission, and blending fact with fiction.
Tickets £15

Meet the Artistic Directors
11.45am – 12.30pm
Festival artistic co-directors, Sasha Dugdale & Sarah Hesketh, discuss how their plans are shaping up for the 2018 festival. This short session will give an insight into the process of selecting the programme and Sarah & Sasha will share of poem or two from the confirmed poets for next year’s festival.
Tickets FREE (please book in advance)

Close Reading with Rachel Curzon
12.45pm – 1.05pm
Close Readings have proved to be a popular and engaging feature of Winchester Poetry Festival. In this session Hampshire poet Rachel Curzon (Faber New Poets 16) talks about a work that has influenced her love of poetry and her own poetic practice.
Tickets FREE (please book in advance)

Lovely weather for Ducks
1.15pm – 3.45pm
A poetry workshop with Hannah Lowe. We talk about the weather all the time and live with its effects daily. How can we use the weather in our poems? Our focus will be on poems set in distinct seasons and that use particular weather in interesting ways. We’ll consider the effects of weather on human behaviour, and write poems where human behaviour effects the weather.
Tickets £15

Literary Winchester Walk
1.30pm – 3.30pm
Led by Keiren Phelan. The editor of Literary Winchester leads a guided tour of the city’s poetic hotspots, from the site of its first poem to such visitors as Keats, Jane Austen and Thomas Hardy.
Tickets FREE (please book in advance)

Announcement & reading of winners of Winchester Poetry Prize
4pm – 5pm
Judge Sarah Howe announces 2017 winners. Now in its second year Winchester Poetry Prize is an open poetry competition judged by the prize-winning poet Sarah Howe, who will present the prizes. Come along and hear the winning poems. This event is free but tickets should be booked.
Tickets FREE (please book in advance)

Evening Reading
6.30pm – 7.45pm
Featuring Sarah Howe, Hannah Lowe & Matt West.

Sarah Howe is a British poet, academic and editor whose first book, Loop of Jade won the T.S. Eliot Prize and The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award. Born in Hong Kong in 1983 to an English father and Chinese mother, she moved to England as a child. Her pamphlet, A Certain Chinese Encyclopaedia (Tall-lighthouse, 2009), won an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors.

Hannah Lowe’s first poetry collection Chick  (Bloodaxe, 2013) won the Michael Murphy Memorial Award for best first collection and was short-listed for the Forward, Aldeburgh and Seamus Heaney Best First Collection prizes. In September 2014, she was named as one of 20 Next Generation Poets.

Matthew West is a Hampshire-based poet who named Southampton’s Poet Laureate for Children in 2013. His chapbook, Seagulls and Spitfires was published by Ravenshead Press in 2015.

Tickets £11

Poetry Café
8pm – 9pm
An open mic session to hear local poets read their work. Reading slots have now been filled and we have a terrific line up of poets. Join us to hear a range of local voices.
Tickets £6

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