Date posted: 4th May 2017 / News
Now in its sixth year, Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival is a friendly, week-end festival featuring the best of contemporary poetry and much more.
From 26th – 28th May 2017 in Sterts Arts Centre, Upton Cross, Cornwall there will be readings, workshops, talks, yoga, walks, exhibitions and music. This year’s main focus is on poetry & dance, exploring the relationship between the two art-forms in a variety of ways throughout the week-end.
Held at the wonderful Sterts Arts Centre and Theatre, in the heart of beautiful Bodmin Moor, the festival has established itself as both a highlight of the national poetry calendar and a much-loved event for the local community.
Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival succeeds in being much more than a poetry festival, and prides itself on offering something for everyone. By taking the view that poetry lies at the heart of all art, and that it best lends itself to working with all other art-forms, the festival encompasses music, theatre, film, visual art, and, this year in particular, dance.
The festival was founded, and is run by, Liskeard-based poets Ann Gray and David Woolley, who between them have decades of experience in all aspects of poetry projects, events and festivals. This year they have joined forces with dancer and dance activist Lois Taylor (pictured above) to curate ‘The Poetry of Dance, the Dance of Poetry’.
Star guest is Tishani Doshi, an award-winning Indian poet who is also a dancer. She is joined by other acclaimed poets David Constantine (pictured right) and Hannah Lowe, backed up by up and coming names like Rebecca Goss, Ed Doegar, Martha Sprackland and Adam Horovitz.
Dancing with the poets will be Lois Taylor, Sarah Fairhall, Ben Dunks, and Rob Mennear’s All Boys Dance Co. They will interpret the work of some of the poets as they read, as well as performing new pieces to poems by Charles Causley in his centenary year, and the work of Leonard Cohen. Cohen also features in the festival’s musical offering, as renowned chanteuse Barb Jungr presents ‘Hard Rain’ – her unique interpretations of songs by both Cohen and Nobel Laureate Bob Dylan!
There are also films about Causley and Dylan Thomas’s dancer wife Caitlin, and an exhibition of dance-poems from our poets, and exquisite drawings, etchings and paintings of dancers by Cornwall-based artist Stephanie Fraser.
The festival climaxes on Sunday night with an extraordinary tour de force from dancer Ben Duke. ‘Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me)’ is best described as a mix of dance, poetry and stand-up comedy. Ben won the 2016 National Dance Critics Award for outstanding male performance, and was nominated that year for the South Bank Sky Arts Award for Dance. This is one show that should not be missed.
Sterts Arts Centre has a bar, café and ample parking, and there is plenty of camping nearby. At only £50 for a full week-end ticket, it’s the only place for art-lovers to be for the Bank Holiday week-end.
The Festival organisers are running a shuttlebus this year and can even collect visitors from Liskeard Station if requested in advance via firstname.lastname@example.org or tweeting to @david_westwords.