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Winchester Poetry Festival in 2024

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Winchester Poetry Festival is a biennial festival, with our next full festival taking place in 2025. This year we will be holding a shorter, one-day poetry festival at The ARC, Winchester on Saturday 5th October 2024.

Programme to be announced in the Summer.


We are hosting and collaborating on a number of poetry events throughout the year, the details and ticket links for which are below. 

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What's on
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Mother Tongue Poetry Evening: A celebration of languages at their most beautiful
Learning Rooms at The ARC, Jewry St, Winchester
Tues 14th May 2024

poetry activities from 6-8pm

Winchester Poetry Festival and Bridges Not Borders invite you to share your languages in a session of creativity, collaboration and performance. Join us for a creative evening and meet people from different cultures, celebrate their languages and share your own!

  • Write poems inspired by multi-cultural poets.

  • Write a collaborative poem uniting the languages in the room.

  • Share work by a poet you love or read us a poem you've written in your mother tongue.

Bridges not Borders is a literature and art project run by Susmita Bhattacharya and Aiysha Jahan, funded by Arts Council England and the AHRC-funded Diverse Capacities Project.

Winchester Poetry Festival is here to be a round table for poetry where everyone is welcome.
No experience of poetry required. Speakers of all languages encouraged to attend.
FREE to attend, suitable for all ages and abilities.
Please reserve your free ticket if you plan on joining in.

Please note, tickets for Winchester Poetry Festival events are bookable directly from this page. Please do not purchase tickets from resale websites/marketplaces. Tickets for collaborative events may be hosted by other platforms. You can find our refund policy here

If you have queries regarding tickets, or are concerned your ticket is not valid please email

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