What's On

Below are listed the events in the Winchester Poetry Festival with details of times and venues. Tickets are available in person or by telephone (01962 873603) from the Winchester Discovery Centre Box Office. You can also book online by clicking on the title links below.

 

Close Readings and Journal Letters are free but you do need to book tickets as spaces are limited.

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10th October

A Lost Neruda

10.00 - 10.45am

A short talk by Forrest Gander

In 2014 a collection of previously unknown poems by the Chilean poet and Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda were discovered in the poet’s archives. Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and translator Forrest Gander was invited to translate these new poems. Gander will read from his translations and reveal how the commission proved to be an ‘extraordinary journey into the interior of Neruda’s working mind’. 

£8.00

Under 25s tickets available

 

Winchester Discovery Centre 

Performance Hall

Poetry in Correspondence

12:45pm - 1:15pm

Over the eventful course of this year scholar, poet, critic and cultural commentator Sandeep Parmar and US Poetry editor, translator and poet Don Share have been in correspondence. We asked these two public cultural figures to share their quieter and more intimate thoughts about poetry, poetics and politics with us at Winchester Poetry Festival. Join us for a special one-off reading of their letters.

 

In association with The Poetry Society??? TBC Note possible Poetry Review publication?

Poetry Society logo??

£8.00 

Under 25s tickets available

 

Winchester Discovery Centre 

Learning Suite

The Special Relationship

2.45pm - 4.00pm

Sandeep Parmar, Ruth Fainlight & Paul Muldoon

A handful of notable transatlantic friendships have characterised the relationship between UK and US poetry. At this fascinating event we’ll hear from three acclaimed contemporary poets about the ‘special relationships’ that have inspired them. Paul Muldoon tackles the legendary poetic relationship between Edward Thomas and Robert Frost, Ruth Fainlight will talk about her own friendship with Sylvia Plath and Sandeep Parmar will examine the ways that US poets such as Langston Hughes, George Padmore and Kay Boyle shaped Nancy Cunard’s anti-racist, anti-imperialist and activist poetry.    

 

Chaired by: XXXX 

In association with  or ‘Supported by’ or  ‘Sponsored by’

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£10.00 (Concs £9.00)

Under 25s tickets available

 

Winchester Discovery Centre 

Performance Hall

Whereas Under Starlight

6.30pm - 7.30pm

Layli Long Soldier and Forrest Gander

The first of our Saturday night poetry headline events, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, geologist and writer on ecological poetics, Forrest Gander reads with native American poet and citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation Layli Long Soldier, whose acclaimed collection Whereas records the brutal erasure of the Native American people and was described as ‘an excavation, reorganization and documentation of a structure of language that has talked the United States through its many acts of violence’ in The New York Times. Forrest Gander’s most recent collection Be With is a series of beautiful elegies to his late partner, the poet C. D. Wright, in which he takes language to its utmost limits. The New Yorker compared Be With to Thomas Hardy’s poignant late poems of grief in its intensity and notes that ‘Gander’s deep affinity for the natural world provides a kind of solace’.

£10.00 (Concs £9.00)

Under 25s tickets available

 

Winchester Discovery Centre 

Performance Hall

Tai Chi & Writing

10.30 - 12.30

A movement and writing workshop with Eileen Pun

Performance Skills : Kate Firth

Preparing and controlling your voice and breathing to give your poems their best possible presentation to an audience, with a leading voice & performance coach.

£23.00

 

Winchester School of Art

Westside Lecture Theatre

Physical

20.00 - 22.00

Andrew McMillan & Romalyn Ante

 

Two vivid, accessible poets, both sparkling readers of their work, make this an unmissable festival reading. Romalyn Ante grew up in the Philippines and came to the UK at the age of sixteen. Many of her poignant, humane poems document her nursing and psychotherapy work with NHS patients, and her life away from her childhood home. Her debut collection, Antiemetic for Homesickness, is published this year by Chatto & Windus. Andrew McMillan’s work considers the male body, masculinity, desire and homosexuality in poems which are both technically brilliant and ‘raw and visceral’ (The Guardian). His debut physical was the first ever poetry collection to win The Guardian First Book Award and his second collection, playtime, was awarded the Polari Prize.   

£10.00 (Concs £9.00)

Under 25s tickets available

 

Winchester Discovery Centre 

Performance Hall

Winchester Poetry Prize

4.30pm - 5.30pm

2020 Winchester Poetry Prize Result & Readings

Now in its fifth year, Winchester Poetry Prize has gone from strength to strength, attracting entries from around the world. Come along and hear the winning poems. There’s also a prize for the best poem by a Hampshire-based poet.

Prizes will be presented by our Judge Andrew McMillan

The Winchester Poetry prize is sponsored by Paris Smith.

The prize for a Hampshire poem is supported by Warren & Son.

This event is free but tickets should be reserved

 

Winchester Discovery Centre 

Performance Hall

Paradise and Bloom

8.00pm - 9.00pm

Roger Robinson and Safiya Sinclair

Saturday evening’s poetry celebration is a culmination of a day of poetry that bridges oceans. Two poets with their roots in the Caribbean share the stage: Roger Robinson, poet, vocalist, lyricist and performer, brings warmth, craft and a passionate sense of the world’s injustice to his work. His recent collection A Portable Paradise, with its notable and poignant sequence dedicated to the victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster, won the 2019 T. S. Eliot Prize. He’s been described as one of the ‘last true poets’ and a ‘master wordsmith’ (Charlie Dark). US poet Safiya Sinclair’s poetry is ‘rich and mythic, heavy with the legacy of family and history’. Many of the poems in her debut collection Cannibal are inspired by her childhood in Jamaica and they blend an intense scrutiny of language and peoples with a poetics of real beauty: ‘a singer in the deepest sense’ (Kenyon Review).  

£11.00 (Concs £10.00)

Under 25s tickets available

 

Winchester Discovery Centre 

Performance Hall

A Common Language

20.00 - 22.00

Kathryn Maris, Don Share and 

Safiya Sinclair
 

Join us for a discussion of the current US and UK poetry scenes. Find out what we can learn from the US experience of poetry in times of polarisation, populism and emergency, and what US poetry can learn from us. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear about the future stars of US poetry. Poets Kathryn Maris and Safiya Sinclair will be in discussion with Don Share, the influential editor of Poetry magazine, who has earned multiple National Magazine Awards from the American Society of Magazine Editors, and VIDA’s ‘VIDO’ award for contributions to American literature and literary community.

£8.00 

Under 25s tickets available

 

Winchester Discovery Centre 

Learning Suite

Exploring the Spectrum

2.00pm - 4.00pm 

Exploring the Spectrum: The Colour of Poetry Workshop: Rebecca Goss

Colour is all around us. It can shape our mood, evoke a memory, provide warning, or dazzle and delight. But how do we describe colour? How can it be explained and understood? Using a variety of texts to inspire, this is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the language of colour to create new poems of all shades.

£23.00

 

Winchester Discovery Centre 

Learning Suite

Close Reading

5.45pm - 6.05pm

Eileen Pun

In a short talk about XXXX Eileen gives a personal insight into the special qualities of a poem that has inspired her.

This event is free but booking is essential as space is limited.

Winchester Discovery Centre 

Learning Suite

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