News From the Festival


The 7th Annual Festival reaches the final weekend. If you haven’t managed to attend any events yet I encourage you to venture to Worcester and check it out. Tickets are all £5 and can be pre-booked here or bought on the door. 

SATURDAY 17th June

WordPlay writing workshop for ages 7 – 12, at St John’s Library (Glebe Close, Worcester, WR2 5AX). This event will take place from 10:30am until 12:30pm.

With Charley Barnes & Claire Walker

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We will be working to the theme of ‘Voices’ to complement this year’s Worcestershire Poet Laureate competition.

Charley Barnes is currently studying for her Doctorate degree in Creative Writing and English Literature. She was runner up in the 2016/17 Worcestershire Poet Laureate competition and was also the 2016 winner of the Worcestershire Poetry Slam competition. Her debut short story collection, The Women You Were Warned About, is published by Black Pear Press.
Charley is an experienced workshop leader and she has had the pleasure of working with primary through to university age groups.

Claire Walker’s poetry has been published in magazines and on websites including The Interpreter’s House, Prole, Ink Sweat and Tears, And Other Poems, and Clear Poetry, and in anthologies such as The Chronicles of Eve (Paper Swans Press). Her first pamphlet, The Girl Who Grew Into a Crocodile, is published by V . Press. She is a Poetry Reader for Three Drops Press seasonal anthologies, and Co-Editor of Atrium poetry webzine

London Pride! An evening of entertainment from Keleigh Wolf, Math Jones, and Robert Cole, taking place at Worcester Arts Workshop (21 Sansome Street, Worcester, WR1 1UH). Doors for this event will open at 7:00pm with performances starting at 7:30pm.

With Math Jones, Keleigh Wolf and Robert Cole

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Keleigh Wolf is an American poet who regularly performs in London’s West End, with the London Poetry Brothel, an activist and a Marxist journalist. Her work is an act of auto-cannibalism and catharsis, using witchy wordplay, gravity-defying gravitas, and pure absurdity – all housed in the lithe frame of her alternate universe. Her first two collections,‘The Thanksgiving Room,’ and ‘Bacchus’ Bachelorette’ will be followed with this year’s publication of ‘Spilling Myself Dry.’

Math Jones is from South London, a Lambeth boy. He’s spent 10 years living, working, and writing in Worcester. He’s performed his poetry from Brixton to Glasgow, throughout London and the Midlands, including a month’s residency at The Castle, Aldgate, with Once Upon a Mic, and appearances with Keleigh at The Poetry Brothel.

He runs the Math Jones Poetry Repertory: at least four hour-long poetry programmes – Mermaids, Mythologies, Magicks and The Knotsman. He has a CD published: ‘Eaglespit, ’ a collection of Heathen verse. He has ‘The Knotsman’ in preparation as a collection, a CD and as a stage show. And he has a collection of poetry in preparation with Worcestershire’s Black Pear Press, to be titled ‘Sabrina Bridge.’

Robert Cole was born at Redhill General Hospital just in time to see England win the 1966 World Cup. He grew up with six brothers and sisters in a house beside the main London to Brighton road. Home was pretty suburban but backed on deciduous woods and open farmland.

He went to Reigate Grammar School, read English Language and Literature at the University of Hull and took a diploma in Newspaper Journalism at The City University, London, in 1989. He’s worked for nearly thirty years as a financial journalist at The Independent, The London Evening Standard, The Times and Reuters.

Rob writes poetry you will understand. His subjects are generally about love, loss, self-examination, nature and observation.

SUNDAY 18th June

Double Whammy Slammy Festival Finale

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This is a night of 2 slams!

If you’re a writer and performer of short stories then why not join us for our Flash Fiction Slam at 6PM and battle against some of the best prose writers that Worcestershire has to offer.

Following that the Poetry Slam will be held at 7:30pm.

Hosted by Matt Windle ‘The Poet With Punch’ Come, watch and vote for flash fiction aficionados who will perform their short, short stories. Last year’s winner Alan Durham may be competing again alongside the previous winners! You could be the next Worcestershire Flash Fiction Slam Champion.

To take part in the flash fiction slam write your flash fiction (a short, short story, up to 300 words), or rather, write three, one for each round should you get through, and turn up on the night to read.

The audience will be your judge! And then… The Grand Finale! Come, watch and vote for competing poets in the final event of the 2017.

In the legendary Poetry Slam Championship. Participants will vie for the chance to become the seventh Worcestershire Poetry Slam Champion.

Previous champions have been: Fergus McGonigal, James Dolton, Alison Absolute, Brenda Read-Brown, Peter Wyton and, last year, Charley Barnes… To take part in the poetry slam just be there on the night with three poems that take no longer to read than two minutes per poem.

Then finally experince the drawing of our Big Fat Raffle!
This gives our supporters a chance to buy tickets for a chance to win some amazing prizes donated by local business all over Worcestershire. Prizes consist of everything from meal and coffee vouchers to jewellery and bottles of fizz!



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