The South Downs Poetry Festival
In this, our second year, the festival is spreading its wings. Instead of just 10 days we are running events throughout late spring and early summer. True to our objectives events shall be held right across the length of the South Downs.
So, whether you live in East Sussex, West Sussex, or Hampshire, you won’t be far away from some part of South Downs Poetry Festival, and just to give you idea of what happened last year, try the film … youtu.be/Ewsae91MwKc
The detailed programme of events will be released on our ticketsource site as they are confirmed.
reading at the Linklater Pavilion in Lewes in 2016
Here are the main events to look forward to:
- The South Downs Poetry Competition, judged by Jackie Wills, opens for entries at the end of February. Shortlisted entries will be invited to read at our Lewes event in June.
- Sunday April 9 – Steep Village near Petersfield in Hampshire. A day of commemoration for the centenary of the death of Edward Thomas. To include walks, workshops, music and readings, rounded off with an evening event to be held in Steep Church.
- Friday April 28 – Monday May 1 – A poetry residential held at the Sustainability Centre high on the Hampshire Downs. Lead tutors are Kim Moore and Hugh Dunkerley.
- Throughout May – Poetry in the Park. A series of events in bookshops, libraries, churches and local halls across the South Downs National Park. Look out for a weekend oc poetry in the Queen Elizabeth Country Park in Hampshire and a poetry day in the CASS sulpture park in West Sussex.
- June 23 – 25 – A full weekend of poetry in Lewes, East Sussex, based around the Linklater Pavilion.
- 14/15 July – A series of poetry events within East Hampshire, including a repeat of the Poetry & Pints event at The Harrow in Steep.