Poetry is alive and kicking in Tunbridge Wells

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Poetry is alive and kicking in Tunbridge Wells

Tunbridge Wells Poetry Festival

We can officially declare the first Tunbridge Wells Poetry Festival a huge success! After an evening of spoken-word poetry on Friday at The Sussex Arms, we were all set for a day of poetry on Saturday.

The Sussex Arms Tunbridge Wells Poetry Festival

Based at Trinity Theatre studio, the day started with Jill Munro’s workshop for emerging poets. Using colours as inspiration, poets were able to explore what makes a poem, synaesthesia and produced some excellent poetry to work on.

We were full for our ‘How to get published’ seminar. With publishers and poets from Against the Grain and Paper Swans Press on the panel, the discussion focused on issues like the dos and don’ts of submitting, how to craft a pamphlet/collection and where to send your work.

How to get published Tunbridge Wells Poetry Festival

The afternoon session was an advanced poetry workshop with Abegail Morley, which was sold out — apologies to those on the waiting list. There was lots of very positive feedback from the poets and we’re looking forward to seeing some of the work started in publication!

Tunbridge Wells Poetry Festival

We drew a sizeable crowd for the poetry reading — seven local poets read for us and there was certainly a variety of topics covered with Siân Thomas and Jill Munro evoking much laughter with their poems about…well, let’s just say, the nether regions!

Tunbridge Wells Poetry Festival Lawrence Wilson, Jill Munro, Siân Thomas, Jessica Mookherjee, Jane Lovell, Abegail Morley, Louisa Campbell

Lawrence Wilson, Jill Munro, Siân Thomas, Jessica Mookherjee, Jane Lovell, Abegail Morley, Louisa Campbell

The day rounded off at The George for some poetry chit-chat and a much needed glass of wine!

Don’t forget, the Poetry Trail is still at large — it’s a wonderful was to spend an afternoon, wandering down towards The Pantiles, reading poetry and doing some shopping and sampling on the way.

Huge thanks to all who attended and any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Please fill in the form below.

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