What they say
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
Attendance figures clearly indicate widespread support for the enterprise and it is an absolute joy to have such high-quality poetry offerings on the doorstep.
Matt West, Artfulscribe
...a truly brilliant and memorable inaugural Poetry Festival
Jon Sayers, Magma
Great poets, great attendance and a real buzz around the Discovery Centre.
Edward Fennell, Winchester
It was a pleasure and a re-assurance to see such a lively audience turnout for the readings etc - and to discover the extent of the life poetic in Hampshire!
Chris Waters, Devon
A stunning festival filled with quality, variety, inspiration, wonder and ambition
Hilary & Mark Byford, Winchester
[an] absolutely buzzing Poetry Fest. What magic it produced.
Ilse Cornwall Ross, Winchester
I was very pleased to spend three days at the recent Winchester Poetry Festival. The organisers delivered a rich, vigorous programme of readings, workshops and discussions graced by some of the leading poets of our times. The reach and diversity of their backgrounds was impressive and their work was filled with sensitivity, insight and some high good humour – an excellent follow-up to the inaugural festival two years ago.
Ian Grant, Poetry Book Society
… 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
The standard of poetry was high and the voices were interestingly varied. It was a very stimulating weekend.
Jennifer Johnson, London
Thank you for a glorious poetry festival…and for all you do to keep poetry alive and well.
Kris Morrison, Winchester
@WinPoetryFest has excelled itself again this year.
Amy, Wire Wool Events
Wow! Listening to @holliepoetry @WinchesterDC tonight blew me away. Tears and laughter.
I overheard someone behind me in the coffee area say: “I was just tingling. I didn’t know how good poetry could be” And that just about sums it up!…[I] was moved, inspired, wildly entertained, and glad to be part of the human race after hearing voices not just from home but from farther afield.
Cath Nightingale, Oxford