Cornwall Contemporary Poetry Festival

12 Nov 2016 to 13 Nov 2016
Contemporary Poetry Festival, Falmouth, Cornwall, What's on
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What's it all about?


It's an exciting weekend of poetry, featuring readings, discussions and workshops with some of the UK's best-known poets, as well as some of the strongest new voices – and all in the delightful seaside town of Falmouth.

Who's taking part?

  • Pascale Petit, whose most recent book, Fauverie, has been described as “astonishing, one of those books that breaks new ground in how to approach writing about the unwritable”.
  • Meirion Jordan, about whose debut collection, Moonrise, the Guardian’s reviewer wrote: “I can’t call a more impressive debut to mind.”
  • The US-born Jane Yeh, whose first collection, Marabou, was shortlisted for the Whitbread, Forward and Aldeburgh poetry prizes and who has been named a Next Generation Poet by the Poetry Book Society.
  • Steve Ely, described by Poetry International as “one of the most exhilarating poets working in the UK”.
  • Alison Brackenbury, whose most recent collection, Skies, was the Observer’s Poetry Book Choice of the month earlier this year. The Welsh national poet Gillian Clarke has said her work “loves, lives, hymns and rhymes the natural world and its people like no other poet”. Alison is also judging the Cornwall Contemporary Poetry Prize, which will be awarded at the festival.
  • Penelope Shuttle, the internationally acclaimed Falmouth-based poet who has done so much to make the Cornish town a vibrant centre of new poetry. Together with the multiple award-winning poet John Greening, she will be launching their co-authored book Heath at the festival.

What will be happening?

Each of the poets will give a reading, and take part in panel discussions where they will talk about writing and aspects of their work. There will also be a series of workshops with the poets - booking these early would be a good idea! - and opportunities to talk informally and in a relaxed atmosphere to the writers taking part. 

The days leading up to the festival feature a number of ‘fringe’ events, including a poetry slam open to all comers and MCed by the multi-talented poet, screenwriter and performer Molly Naylor. Falmouth-born Molly has just directed her first short film, Callback, starring Marcus Brigstocke, and is launching a new poetry collection, Badminton, this autumn.

The venue

This year’s festival is partnered by Falmouth University and a number of events will also be taking place on the university campus, including a workshop for students with Molly Naylor and a symposium focusing on collaboration between illustrators and poets.

Full details of the programme are on the festival website, where tickets are also on sale

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