Kendal Poetry Festival, 7th-9th September 2018

It’s been a while, but the team behind Kendal Poetry Festival (ie Pauline and I) have quietly yet frantically been working away behind the scenes.  We’ve spent the last few months putting together grant applications to fund the 2018 Kendal Poetry Festival, and it is with great relief and excitement that we can say we have been successful and have secured full funding from the Arts Council and the Sir John Fisher Foundation for the third consecutive year.

At the top of this post you will see some photos – these  are of our new venue, the Castle Green Hotel in Kendal.  After two successful and sold-out years at the Abbot Hall Art Gallery, we had to take the difficult decision to move the festival elsewhere, because our wonderful audiences kept expanding and there was no room for you all!

We are really delighted with our new venue though – the Castle Green Hotel is a 4 star hotel on the outskirts of Kendal (just about within walking distance if you like hills!) and 15 minutes away from the motorway.  There is a pub, bar and restaurant on-site, as well as a gym and swimming pool.  Most of the 2018 festival will take place at the hotel, with a few events taking place in town centre venues such as Kendal Library, the Waterside Cafe and Waterstones.  The hotel is fully accessible with hearing loop, and the larger rooms will allow us to accommodate our growing audience.

This year, we will have Festival Passes available – these are limited in number so keep an eye out here for when tickets and festival passes become available.  A Festival Pass will allow entry into our open mic session, our seven Main Readings and three Discussion sessions.  Extra things happening this year include two readings aimed at nursery and primary school children and a session which will involve having Afternoon Tea whilst listening to poetry!

The hotel have offered a 10% discount on their usual room rates for any festival goers – to take advantage of this special offer, please ring the hotel and quote ‘Kendal Poetry Festival’ to the reception team on 01539 734000.  This offer is detailed below

Friday – £126.00 single – £153.00 double occupancy
Saturday – £153.00 single- £180.00 double occupancy
Sunday – £126.00 single – £153.00 double occupancy

There are also other accommodation options available in Kendal – for a list of bed and breakfast options and hotels, you could have a look at



2 comments on “Kendal Poetry Festival, 7th-9th September 2018

  1. Is it too late to ask to read? I’d reall love to. Literally just about to leave to read at The Cheltenham Poetry Fest (sold out) with much else lined up thereafter – ranging from Queen’s Park Book Fest ( London), Dumfries and Galloway Arts Fest( SW Scotland), Hoxton Hall ( London) to Islay Book Fest in (well) Islay. I am based in both London and Dumfries and Galloway – nota long shlepp. Can send lots more info if you are at all interested.
    Best wishes on a sunny Thursday
    Chrys Salt MBE ( all contact numbers below)

    The theme for the 2018 Cheltenham Poetry Festival ( April 18 – 30) is power – and we will be celebrating the power of words in a series of events which feature the UK’s most prestigious writers. Our line up of internationally acclaimed voices includes Amir Darwish, Rishi Dasidar, Tom Sastry, ex judo champ Owen Lowery,TS Eliot Prize winner Jacob Polley, Martyn Crucefix, Alicia Stubbersfield, Angela France, Sam Willets, Jane Commane, Costa- prize winner Jonathan Edwards, Roz Goddard, Wayne Holloway Smith, Fiona Sampson, Jpdl, Chrys Salt, Adam Horovitz, Jane Bailey and Rumanian poet Maria Stadnicka. Our exciting spoken word programme includes poet, writer and broadcaster Murray Lachlan Young and chap hop exponent, the hilarious Professor Elemental.

    Chrys Salt MBE,
    The Bakehouse,
    44 High Street,
    Gatehouse of Fleet, DG7 2HP
    Tel: 01557 814175
    Mob: 07891 803027

    149, Chamberlayne Road,
    London NW10 3NT
    Tel: 0208 969 9221

    1. Hi Chrys
      Really sorry – but we have had our programme planned for over a year now. You would be very welcome to come and read on our open mics though – just sign up on the door.

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