About Us


Winchester Poetry Festival is a registered charity (1150997) established in 2013 with the first festival taking place in September 2014. The festival is a biennial event. Our 2021 festival is ’stretched’ over 5 months, with a weekend of live events taking place in October 2021. The charity also promotes one-off events, an annual poetry competition and administers the Hampshire Poet programme in partnership with Hampshire Cultural Trust.  


Winchester Poetry Festival is run by a board of Trustees with support from a Creative team.

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Appointment of Artistic Director (freelance role)

The trustees of Winchester Poetry Festival wish to appoint an Artistic Director(s) to work with them on the vision, development and programming of the 2023 festival and future activity. This is a creative and dynamic role to take forward what has become a very successful poetry festival. The appointment is made on a freelance basis. Applications are welcome both from individuals as well as from those wishing to apply jointly.


Closing date for applications: Friday 15th October at 12 noon to: hello@winchesterpoetryfestival.org

Interviews to be held on: Friday 29th October

You can download more information about the role and details of how to apply here.

"This is not just a good festival, it's a great festival, and this town should be very proud to have it."

Michael Longley, Festival Patron

Kathleen Jamie

"… a wildly successful and stimulating Festival. I absolutely loved everything I came to and was sad to miss one which was oversubscribed."

Victoria Muers-Raby, Friend

"Winchester Poetry Festival appears to be conscious of diversity in all its meanings and that is refreshing."

Jackie Wills, Brighton