2018 Programme

We are really excited to reveal our line up for the 2018 Kendal Poetry Festival.

We enjoyed ourselves so much last year we decided to add an extra night! On Thursday 6th February we are running a ‘Writing Summit’ Open Mic night at the Waterside Cafe in Kendal, in association with Kendal Mountain Festival and hosted by Dove Cottage Young Poets.  The Open Mic is another chance for festival goers to read their own work. This third instalment of the festival will be full of our usual mix of readings, open mics, workshops and discussions.

We also have a limited number of Festival Passes availabe at £45 each, if you like to go to lots of events. A Festival Pass will give you entry to most of the events over the weekend, excluding the Afternoon Tea with Brewery Poets, workshops which should be booked separately and the Thursday Night Writing Summit Open Mic. Events can also be booked separately and prices range from £5-£8.

We have appointed a new Young Poet in Residence, Matthew Sowerby, who made his debut appearance at Kendal Poetry Festival in the Open Mic session, and has been a member of Dove Cottage Young Poets ever since.  Our Young Musician in Residence is Alistair Burton, a brilliant young violinist who is a student at the Junior Royal Northern College of Music.  Hannah Hodgson will once again be our Young Blogger in Residence, so watch this space for interviews and poems from our 2018 Festival Poets.

We hope you enjoy browsing the events, and look forward to seeing you in Kendal in September.

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