KENDAL POETRY FESTIVAL 2020
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 writers from attending poetry festivals. As part of our commitment to widening access, we established the “Opening Doors” project which, every year, supports attendance for low-income writers and disabled writers who would otherwise struggle to attend.
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Hafsah Aneela Bashir
Mary Jean Chan
Yours was one of the nicest friendliest festival I’ve ever attended. You treated participants 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.
A fabulous festival - welcoming and exciting. A variety of voices, well organised
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.
It was all fabulous, friendly, accessible, thought-provoking.
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.
A truly wonderful weekend, a great experience, incredibly nourishing.
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.
Love the inclusivity and prominence of young people - great diversity of poets.
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.
Wonderful event. Lovely atmosphere. Excellent poets.