Kendal Poetry Festival
23rd-26th June 2022
Welcome to the Kendal Poetry Festival for 2022
We are thrilled to be running our first hybrid Kendal Poetry Festival in 2022 - with all events taking place in the heart of Kendal and on your screen! In its fifth year, the festival will welcome some of the most exciting poets and artists we could find throughout the UK - and beyond. We’ll be hosting the extraordinary ‘Painting the Poets’ exhibition by Clae Eastgate, and introducing our first Children’s Poetry Strand with a full day of events for younger audiences. There will be plenty of opportunities to get involved in our open mics, workshops and daily writing hours.
If you’ve been to previous festivals, we hope we can tempt you back with this year’s programme. If this is your first time, we look forward to meeting you - whether virtually or in-person!
At Kendal Poetry Festival, we believe that poetry is for everyone – but we recognise that financial difficulties and access needs often prevent low-income and disabled people from attending poetry festivals. As part of our commitment to widening access, we established the “Opening Doors” project at our 2017 festival. Every year since then, we have provided financial and practical support for low-income writers and disabled writers who would otherwise struggle to attend.
This year, we’ll offer a number of bursaries - with free access to most events, free accommodation, and help with travel costs. We also offer free tickets to all disabled participants and their carers, and to all audience members under the age of 18. Applications for bursaries are now open. Closing date is May 1st and we will be in touch with successful applicants by May 13th.