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Cheltenham Poetry Festival 2017 4 -15 May. Venues throughout the town.
‘ a poetry party with a healthy dose of anarchy’ – The Guardian. May 4 – 16, 2017
Poets speak out about Brexit, ISIS, Paris terror attacks and more.
Festival aims to reflect ‘ current state of the nation’.
The Regency town of Cheltenham is set to be the stage for an explosive showcase of new writing this summer.
The 12 day festival features drama, comedy, film and contemporary poets – and this year nothing is off limits when poets read new work inspired by Brexit, race relations and the Paris terror attacks.
Among the guests are internationally acclaimed poet Matthew Sweeney who will be reading new poems which address dramatic themes including Isis and the Paris Terror attacks.
Also on the bill – Rory Waterman reads from his edgy new collection Brexit Day on the Balmoral Estate, Roy McFarlane talks about identity and race in emotionally-charged poems and Jamaican-English poet Raymond Antrobus visits; a poet who is renowned for his uncompromising and powerful take on misogyny and cultural divisions.
Paul Stephenson reads from The Days That Followed Paris – poems inspired by his residency in Paris at the time of the Terror attacks, plus Jasmine Gardosi and Lexia Legend – politically conscious poets who aren’t afraid of speaking out – perform new work.
The events are part of Cheltenham Poetry Festival’s commitment to socially- conscious programming.
We wanted this year’s programme to showcase some of the UK’s most frank and fearless writers, to include bold and outspoken artists whose work reflects the current state of the nation. Cheltenham Poetry Festival Director Anna Saunders says.
This year’s festival shows how poetry is empowered when it takes risks –and we hope visitors to the festival will enjoy our fresh, and fearless exploration of the world we live in today.
Anna Saunders email@example.com