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Ways you can support us:

Winchester Poetry Festival is a registered charity (Number 1150997) run by volunteer trustees. We aim to bring the best in contemporary poetry to Winchester. We make a point of paying all our invited poets and contributors professional rates and giving their work the best possible showcase. To achieve this we need to secure a broad base of income from ticket sales, donations, sponsorship and grants from private trusts and public sector bodies. There are a number of ways in which you can support the festival:




Donations will help us to keep the cost of tickets to a minimum. Any donation would be greatly appreciated. You may donate to Winchester Poetry Festival using PayPal. Click the button below to be taken to a secure PayPal payment page.


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Sponsor an Event

Winchester Poetry Festival (WPF) is a nationally recognised biennial celebration of poets and poetry – the only festival of its kind in the south of England. 


Read more about sponsorship opportunities both for events and other activity of Winchester Poetry Festival below.

Become a Friend

The festival is an independent charitable trust and, although it has the support of Arts Council, local business, trusts and foundations, it needs the support of Friends to ensure its continuity. Read more about joining Friends of Winchester Poetry Festival here.



Join easyfundraising and you can collect free donations for us every time you buy something online. It won't cost you a penny extra so please help us to raise funds.


Our supporters



Celia Imrie, Professor Edna Longley, 

Michael Longley, Christopher Reid


We would like to say thank you to all those who have given their support, commitment and generosity to Winchester Poetry Festival. Only with the help of our supporters are we are able to bring a lively international festival programme and other events to Winchester.


Corporate Sponsors and Individual Donors 


Nigel Beale

Doughty Chambers

Peter & Vanessa Davis

Robert Hutchison

John & Joan McGavin

Paris Smith LLP

Tilney Financial Management

University of Southampton

University of Winchester

Waitrose Community Matters

Warren & Son

The Empson Society of Winchester College



Arts Council England

The Artists' Collecting Society


Hampshire County Council

MJB Charitable Trust

Phire Ltd

Poetry Translation Centre

Rupert and Elizabeth Nabarro Charitable Trust

Society of Authors

The Tuttiett Family Charitable Trust

The Viking Society

Winchester BID

Winchester City Council


Brasserie Blanc

The Blooming Workshop

Greens Winebar



Barton Peveril College, Eastleigh

Cabinet Rooms

Forward Arts Foundation

Hampshire Cultural Trust

Magma magazine

Modern Poetry in Translation magazine

Peter Symonds College

Poetry Book Society

The Poetry Translation Centre

The Poetry Society

P&G Wells

Queen Mary's College, Basingstoke

Solent Mind

St Swithun's School

Theatre Royal Winchester

Treloar College


Winchester Discovery Centre

Winchester School of Art


If  you are interested in supporting Winchester Poetry Festival 2021 as a sponsor or donor please click here or contact us on

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