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What’s On

What’s On at the Kendal Poetry Festival in 2020?

The festival will take place on Thursday 18th, Friday 19th, Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st June 2020. You can book tickets for individual events – prices range between £5 to £8, and can be bought from the Brewery Arts Centre. We also have a limited number of £45 Weekend Passes available from the Brewery Arts Centre. A Weekend Pass will allow you to access all of the Poetry Readings, Open Mics and Discussion/Talks (excludes Workshops, Afternoon Tea and Thursday night Open Mic) giving you a saving of £23.

Please note, most events will take place at the Castle Green Hotel. Exceptions to this are Thursday night “Opening Doors” Open Mic which will take place at the Waterstones in Kendal. Friday’s ‘10am Poetry Rhyme Time’ with The Wordsworth Trust; the Read Regional 11am Poetry Workshop; New Writing North’s 12am reading by Hafsah Aneela Bashir; the Friday 2-3pm reading by Jackie Hagan; and the Saturday 2.30-3.15pm Children’s Poetry Event with Dommy B will all take place at Kendal Library.


7.30-9.30pm / ‘Opening Doors’ Open Mic Night

Location: Waterstones, Kendal
Tickets: £5

Start your festival experience with an open mic event, hosted by Waterstones, Kendal. Whether you want to perform your own poetry – or just sit and listen to a varied and lively evening of poetic voices – this town centre event is open to all. Sign up on the door for a five minute reading slot.  Money raised at this event will go towards providing bursaries for low-income/disabled writers to attend future festivals.

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