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About Us


Winchester Poetry Festival was established in 2013 with the first festival taking place in September 2014. The festival is a biennial event but plenty of other activity takes place between festivals.


We also promote one-off events, an annual poetry competition, work with young people throughout the county, and work in partnership with Hampshire Cultural Trust to run the Hampshire Poet programme and the Hampshire Young Poet Competition


Planning is well underway for the 2023 Winchester Poetry Festival. Details of forthcoming events will be added to the website when they open for booking.

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

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More information about WPF policies can be read here.

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

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