Tunbridge Wells Poetry Festival 15th-16th June

The inaugural Tunbridge Wells Poetry Festival will take place on 15-16th June 2018. There are workshops, readings and evening events, including an open mic night.

Friday 15th June 2018

susarmsPoem for a Pint
Venue: The Basement at The Sussex Arms
Time: 7:30pm
Cost: FREE

If you want to read your poetry to a willing audience, why not come to The Sussex for ‘Poem for a Pint’? Put your name in the hat when you arrive and we will draw the 10 poets that get to read their poems on the night. Each chosen poet gets a free pint as payment!

Saturday 16th June 2018

Poetry Workshop for Emerging Poets

Venue: The Studio at The Trinity Theatre
Time: 10.00am-12.00pm
Cost: £15.00 (14 places available)


Join prize-winning poet, Jill Munro, in a workshop for emerging poets. Jill will advise on some of the fundamental skills in writing poetry and participants will be able to get one-to-one feedback on poems as well as participating in writing exercises and tasks.

Getting Published Seminar

Venue: The Studio at The Trinity Theatre
Time: 1.00- 2.00pm
Cost: £5.00

Join our panel of poets and editors for advice on getting your poems published and the dos and don’ts of submitting.

Advanced Poetry Workshop

Venue: The Studio at The Trinity Theatre
Time: 2.15 – 4.15pm
Cost: £15.00 (14 places available)



For poets who want to learn new techniques, push their writing and hone their skills. This workshop also includes an editing element. Run by Forward Prize shortlisted poet, Abegail Morley, who is also co-editor of Against the Grain Press and blogs at The Poetry Shed.

Poetry Reading

Venue: The Bar at The Trinity Theatre
Time: 4.30pm
Cost: FREE

Join us for a cup of tea (or something stronger!) while listening to some of Kent’s best poets.

Featuring Louisa Campbell, Jane Lovell, Jess Mookherjee, Abegail Morley, Jill Munro, Siân Thomas and Lawrence Wilson.

The Word is Now
Venue: TBC
Time: 7.30pm
Cost: £5.00


Starting with an open mic session (slots available for booking), we have a fabulous line-up of some of Kent and Sussex’s best spoken-word poets, with Saboteur Award shortlisted, Susan Evans, headlining.




Please note, all payments are directed through the Paper Swans Press website, to whom we are very grateful. Paper Swans Press makes no profit from this festival.

2 thoughts on “Tunbridge Wells Poetry Festival 15th-16th June”

  1. I’m so sorry to miss your very first poetry festival, and do hope you have a wonderful time. Karen

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