Books & Spoken Word

Lyra: Bristol Poetry Festival 2019

Date: Wednesday, Mar 20 2019 - Sunday, Mar 24 2019
Venue: Various venues
Price: Various

First outing for a new annual poetry festival for Bristol, Lyra.

The five-day festival will feature a brilliant line up of writers and performers, and will take place at various venues in the city. Those appearing include Bristol city poet, Vanessa Kisuule, and other Bristol favourites including Josie Alford, Tom Sastry and Melanie Branton.

Big names from further afield will also be appearing, including Olivia Gatwood, Anthony Anaxagorou and Jo Bell.

Co-founder of the festival, Danny Pandolfi, says: “Bristol is a hub for UK poetry right now and we wanted to create a festival that would champion our scene. We really wanted to draw attention to the brilliant and hardworking poetry providers who offer premier events in Bristol all year around – with the festival being a gateway into this world for many people. We decided to create a festival that would showcase the diversity of poetry in its modern presentation, connecting more traditional page poets with spoken word performers. We really hope that there is something for everyone in this year’s programme.

“Through events like our slam, open mic, Q&A discussion and workshops, we’d love to offer many people the opportunity to directly engage with poetry, as well as providing a great range of events for those who just want to sit back with a pint of beer or glass of wine and be entertained with words!”

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By joe melia, Wednesday, Feb 20 2019

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