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KENDAL POETRY FESTIVAL 2020

18th-21st June
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“Opening Doors”

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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Meet the Poets

Moniza Alvi

Festival Poet
Moniza Alvi Headshot - Kendal Poetry Festival 2020 Poet

Hafsah Aneela Bashir

Festival Poet
Hafsah Aneela Bashir Headshot - Kendal Poetry Festival 2020 Poet

Fiona Benson

Festival Poet
Fiona Benson Headshot - Kendal Poetry Festival 2020 Poet

Jay Bernard

Festival Poet
Jay Bernard Headshot - Kendal Poetry Festival 2020 Poet

Dommy B

Festival Poet
Dommy B Headshot - Kendal Poetry Festival 2020 Poet

Alison Brackenbury

Festival Poet
Alison Brakenbury Headshot - Kendal Poetry Festival 2020 Poet

Vahni Capildeo

Festival Poet
Vahni Capidelo Headshot - Kendal Poetry Festival 2020 Poet

Mary Jean Chan

Festival Poet
Mary Jean Chan Headshot - Kendal Poetry Festival 2020 Poet

Jonathan Davidson

Festival Poet
Jonathan Davidson Headshot - Kendal Poetry Festival 2020 Poet

Vicky Feaver

Festival Poet
Vicky Feaver Headshot - Kendal Poetry Festival 2020 Poet

Jackie Hagan

Festival Poet
Jackie Hagan Headshot - Kendal Poetry Festival 2020 Poet

Ian Humphreys

Festival Poet
Ian Humphreys Headshot - Kendal Poetry Festival 2020 Poet

David Morley

Festival Poet
David Morley Headshot - Kendal Poetry Festival 2020 Poet

Roger Robinson

Festival Poet
Roger Robinson Headshot - Kendal Poetry Festival 2020 Poet

Karen Solie

Festival Poet
Karen Solie Headshot - Kendal Poetry Festival 2020 Poet

Mark Waldron

Festival Poet
Mark Waldron Headshot - Kendal Poetry Festival 2020 Poet

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.

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

ABOUT US

Find out more about the origins of the festival, what makes us unique, and everyone who is involved.

CASTLE GREEN HOTEL

The 2020 Kendal Poetry Festival will be held at the Castle Green Hotel, located on the outskirts of Kendal. See the hotel website.

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