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Winchester Poetry Festival 2023

Friday 13 October


The ARC - Foyer and Cafe

FREE (booking advised)

Welcome to Winchester Poetry Festival

Jon Whitfield & musicians

Friday 13th October

5.30 - 6.30pm

Meet and mingle at our venue for the weekend. We kick off proceedings with this free entry event in The Cafe at The ARC to put you in the mood for the jam-packed programme of poetry ahead. Grab a drink, peruse the programme, meet your fellow poetry enthusiasts!


With live music and poetry provided by !nVerse


Suitable for: all

Duration: 1hr

Format: in person, live music and poetry

Access: relaxed performance


The ARC - Performance Hall

Free (booking advised)

Winchester's Poets

Poetry Platform and Winchester Muse

Friday 13th October 

6.30 - 8pm


Winchester has a vibrant poetry community, with groups meeting up across the city to celebrate and practise their craft. At this event we’re handing the mic to Winchester’s Poets. Join Poetry Platform and Winchester Muse as they host us for an evening showcasing their talented poets and welcoming us into their own unique space.

Poetry Platform is a monthly celebration of spoken word; a linguistic open mic that welcomes writers of any background and experience. Taking place on the first Tuesday of every month at The Railway Inn.

Winchester Muse meets on the second Monday of the month at 7pm at Winchester School of Art. Each session offers a pre-arranged guest poet performance from some of the U.K.’s leading poets, and a warm and welcoming open mic opportunity.


Suitable for: all

Duration: 1.5hr

Format: in person, poetry readings

Access: relaxed performance


The ARC - Performance Hall

£12 in person / £6 online

Friday Headline

Daljit Nagra, Menna Elfyn, Harry Josephine Giles

Friday 13th October

8.30 - 10pm

In celebration of our festival’s focus on the diversity of languages in the UK, we are proud to present three of our most exciting poets, who work in Orcadian, Welsh and in the linguistic ‘Indiom’ where east-meets-west.

Harry Josephine Giles will be appearing virtually at this event

Daljit Nagra has four poetry collections, published by Faber & Faber, which have all won numerous awards including the Forward Prize for Best Individual Poem and Best First Book, the South Bank Show Decibel Award and the Cholmondeley Award, and been shortlisted for the Costa Prize and twice for the TS Eliot Prize. He was the inaugural Poet-in-Residence for Radio 4 & 4 Extra. 

Menna Elfyn is an award winning Welsh poet and playwright who has published fifteen collections of poetry, novels for children, stage and television plays as well as documentaries.

Harry Josephine Giles is from Orkney and lives in Leith. Her verse novel Deep Wheel Orcadia was published by Picador in October 2021 and won the 2022 Arthur C. Clarke Award for science fiction book of the year. 

Suitable for: all

Duration: 1.5 hours

Format: in person and online

Access: BSL interpreted

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