6th–9th September



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Patience Agbabi
Festival Poet
Polly Atkin
Festival Poet
Liz Berry
Festival Poet
Judy Brown
Festival Poet
Alistair Burton
Young Musician in Residence
Kayo Chingonyi
Festival Poet
David Constantine
Festival Poet
Kate Davis
Festival Poet
Sasha Dugdale
Festival Poet
Ann Grant
Open Mic Host
David Harsent
Festival Poet
Wayne Holloway-Smith
Festival Poet
Stuart Maconie
Event Host
Nikola Madzirov
Festival Poet
Dean Parkin
Festival Poet
Pascale Petit
Festival Poet
Peter Sansom
Event Host
Hilda Sheehan
Festival Poet
Matt Sowerby
Young Poet in Residence
Claudine Toutougni
Festival Poet
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  • Yours was one of the nicest friendliest festival I’ve ever attended. You treated paraticipants so thoughtfully, and you considered every possible detail. Poets, if you’re ever invited to the Kendal Poetry Festival, say yes urgently. Or just go there as an audience participator.

    Kathryn Maris Festival Poet 2017
  • A fabulous festival - welcoming and exciting.  A variety of voices, well organised

    Festival participant
  • Thanks for inviting me to the festival.  It was excellent.  I really had a good time and heard some terrific readings.  You two certainly know how to put on a festival.  I really enjoyed my sessions and I loved the pairings of poets you made.

    Katrina Naomi Festival Poet 2017
  • It was all fabulous, friendly, accessible, thought-provoking.

    Festival participant
  • Thank you so much for a glorious festival and for including me in the line up. It was fun to meet and spend such relaxed and lovely times with Chrissy and Katrina, Ian and Malika. Everything ran smoothly and the atmosphere was perfect.

    Inua Ellams Festival Poet 2017
  • A truly wonderful weekend, a great experience, incredibly nourishing.

    Festival participant
  • This is a really beautiful festival. I love the audience, so warm, receptive and engaged. My best enjoyment at the festival is the set up of the reading. I loved the fact that the main readers were broken up into two halves, as an audience member it gave me space to hear a lot of work from the poet, including new work, contemporary, and from their backlog.

    Malika Booker Festival Poet 2017
  • Love the inclusivity and prominence of young people - great diversity of poets.

    Festival participant
  • Thank you so much for a truly wonderful weekend. As an audience member, it was a glorious time with birdsong and light air twittering in the backgrounds of readings, but sharp clear poetry coming through the speakers, and a real sense of community in the audience increasing across the whole weekend. As one of the poets, that audience seemed so warm and receptive and friendly – it was a great experience.

    Chrissy Williams Festival Poet 2017
  • Wonderful event. Lovely atmosphere. Excellent poets.

    Festival participant


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The 2018 Kendal Poetry Festival will be held at the Castle Green Hotel, located on the outskirts of Kendal.

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