Cheltenham Poetry Festival is an annual event which normally takes place over ten days at various venues throughout Cheltenham. This year the events will be held online and the organisers have shared this message on their website (January 2021) -
"We offer an electrifying online programme of readings, workshops and performances featuring some of the most important and exciting artists in the world.
Over the past few months we have been bringing new voices into your homes and sustaining new connections. We will continue to offer this inspiring programme to you as we move toward running events safely in the venues of Cheltenham again.
If you would like to hone your work in a class, perform at an open mic or sit back and enjoy a reading by one of our top class writers and performers check our events listings and see what’s available."
What is the Cheltenham Poetry Festival?
The 10th Cheltenham Poetry Festival was due to take place in 2020 but was sadly cancelled due to the pandemic. Dozens of events were planned including readings, a slam, music, spoken word. workshops, rap, comedy, talks, and activism.
Launched by poet Anna Saunders in 2011, the Festival kicked off with a sell-out performance by iconic punk poet John Cooper Clarke at Cheltenham Town Hall. It has since gone from strength to strength with audiences growing rapidly. In the last nine years the Festival has offered events featuring our greatest living poets, spoken word artists, musicians, actors, dancers, writers and film makers.
In between the annual festival, the organisers host events such as workshops, readings, spoken word, music, book launches, and competitions.
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The Cheltenham Poetry Festival takes place at serveral venues throughout Cheltenham. For full details on Cheltenham town centre car parks click here - https://www.visitcheltenham.com/your-visit/travel/getting-to-cheltenham