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 was ’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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Friends launch photo

"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