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



Preparations Underway for 2017!

The 2016 Kendal Poetry Festival seems a long way away now.  Pauline Yarwood and I had a fabulous and busy time putting the festival together.  In fact we had such a good time, we only gave ourselves a month off before we started planning the next one!

The 2017 Kendal Poetry Festival will take place from the 16th-18th June.  We’ve finalised our ‘Dream Team’ of poets, who have all agreed to come, subject to funding.  This is, of course Top Secret until we get confirmation of funding, but we can tell you that the festival has an international flavour this year, and that you really should put the date in BLACK INK in your diary.

We’ve also started putting together our funding bids, and we’re waiting to hear back from the first two applications we’ve put together.

The feedback about the Dove Cottage Young Poets, a group of young writers that Kim Moore worked with last year was brilliant.  We think having young people involved at the heart of the festival made it really special, and we’d like to continue that this year.

However, many of the Dove Cottage Young Poets have left to go to university, so Kim is on the lookout for some more young writers.

If you know any young people that would like to have a go at writing poetry, please get in touch.  They don’t need to have any previous experience.  Dove Cottage Young Poets meet every other Friday at The Brewery Arts Centre from 3.45-5.45pm.  It’s completely free and members will get the opportunity to read at the festival in 2017.  Dove Cottage Young Poets is open to young people from the age of 13-25.

Please share this around to any young people you know, and if you’d like any more information, please get in touch.