Paid and free events for three weeks Tunbridge Wells Poetry Festival

The Tunbridge Wells Poetry Festival, which promises a three-week “celebration of words”, kicks off this weekend. The independent festival offers everything from live performances to workshops, panel discussions and community events.



The Tunbridge Wells Poetry Festival returns this weekend


© Tunbridge Wells Poetry Festival
The Tunbridge Wells Poetry Festival returns this weekend

This year’s headliners include television and radio stalwart Henry Normal, Costa Book Award winner Hannah Lowe, and the collaborative lyrics and music of internationally acclaimed poet Chris Tutton and award-winning harpist from the Royal Academy Anne Denholm.

The festival also showcases top local talent at reading events, including an eco-friendly evening of poetry at the Trinity Theater featuring this year’s Rialto Prize winner Jane Lovell and Poets for the Planet, as well as opportunities for let “rising stars shine” in workshops and open mics at venues across Tunbridge Wells.

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Poets in Pubs has three nights across the festival at three different venues across Tunbridge Wells. They are a mix of showcase and open mic and are described by organizers as “very special”.

The festival ends on Sunday 26 June with a family day of puns at the Tunbridge Wells Forum which “fulfills the promise of poetry for all”, with activities and workshops for children in the garden and spoken word performances and other events on the main stage.

The final evening’s entertainment celebrates the Verse-a-Tility of poetry in popular culture. Incorporating songs, skits, monologues and more, the variety show “will convince even the most skeptical Thomas or Thomasina that they love poetry after all.”

Details of all festival events and ticket booking can be found here.

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Jennifer C. Burleigh