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Verve Poetry Festival

19:00 on Friday 23 Feb 2024 to 20:00 on Sunday 25 Feb 2024

Birmingham Hippodrome
Hurst Street
B5 4TB
United Kingdom


Verve Festival of Poetry and Spoken Word is back for its seventh year! Carcanet poets Jason Allen-Paisant, Kit Fan, Rebecca Goss and Isabel Galleymore will all be taking part - find out more about their events below.

Friday 23rd February

Headline Event: Jason Allen-Paisant with Sean Hewitt and Alycia Pirmohamed.

7 - 8.30pm, Patrick Studio

Verve's regular Friday evening poetry event features three incredible contemporary poets. Forward Prize winner Jason Allen-Paisant will be reading alongside Sean Hewitt and Alycia Pirmohamed. Hosting the reading and discussion is Helen Bowell.

Tickets £8 (concessions £6) - book here.


Saturday 24th February

Headline Event: Rebecca Goss with Nicole Sealey and Alice Hiller

7 - 8.30pm, Patrick Studio 

Rebecca Goss will be reading at the Saturday headline event, with fellow poets Nicole Sealey and Alice Hiller. The event will be hosted by Jo Bell. Rebecca's newest collection, Latch, was published in May 2023.

Tickets £8 (concessions £6) - book here.


Sunday 25th February

Kit Fan Workshop: The Art of the Seen and the Unseen

10am - 12pm, Workshop Room 1

Sight plays an uncanny role in art. Whether it's in painting, sculpture, architecture or music, we experience art through our eyes and imagination in a way that’s public and personal. While capturing the seen, poetry can also reach out to the unseen, the hidden worlds and forces that shape the way we write, read, and connect with feelings and emotions that are outside of our own self.

Through close reading, this workshop will focus on how each word and line collaborate with each other to give rise to meaning and the illusion of meaning. Participants will bring poems or work-in-progress to the workshop which will concentrate on the craft of poetry and explore how the art of the seen and unseen helps shape a poem and a book.

Tickets £22.50 (concessions £17.50) - book here.


Rebecca Goss Workshop - Vessels: Life, Death and Refuge

12.30 - 2.30pm, Workshop Room 1

The vessel takes multiple forms: a boat, an urn, a body. In this workshop you will consider the object as container and look closely at what it holds. Jacob Polley's jar of honey stores more than sticky sweetness, it holds the sun, 'all flesh and no bones', whilst Elizabeth Burns writes ‘the earth itself might almost be a vast potter’s wheel, each of us, held by invisible hands/a vessel turned upon it.’ Vessels can be keepers of the human spirit; they can be carriers of human life. Reflecting how and why vessels are made, this workshop will be an opportunity to uncover the emotional and physical refuge vessels can offer. Using a variety of stimulating texts, join Rebecca to write poems that will explore the vessel's significance to you.

Tickets £22.50 (concessions £17.50) - book here.


Headline Event: Isabel Galleymore with Daljit Nagra and Marjorie Lotfi

6.30 - 8pm, Patrick Studio 

The final headline event of the week brings together three poets to read and talk about their work. Carcanet poet Isabel Galleymore will be reading alongside Daljit Nagra and Marjorie Lotfi. The lineup will be hosted by Birmingham Literature Festival founder Jonathan Davidson.

Tickets £8 (concessions £6) - book here.

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