Bristol is going to have a new poetry festival! ‘Lyra’ has received Arts Council England funding to showcase the best of poetry in the Bristol area from March 20th – 24th 2019.

‘Lyra’ will bring outstanding UK poets to Bristol, introduce new audiences to live poetry and bring those interested in poetry to the city. ‘Lyra’ will include spoken word and poetry features, a poetry slam, a showcase of Laureate’s Choice and Nine Arches published poets, panel discussion, a poetry film screening, family friendly shows, masterclasses, lectures, open mic and a walking tour.

The festival has been organised by poet, rapper and producer, Danny ‘Craft-D’ Pandolfi, and writer and lecturer in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University, Lucy English. Bristol based poet Tom Sastry will be the inaugural Poet in Residence and will run professional development workshops, open mic readings and discussions.

The festival will reflect the diversity of the city and aims to provide something for everyone. It is an exciting programme, with a mixture of local talent as well as acclaimed poets from around the country. Existing poetry nights in Bristol are also featured in the programme and there will be and extended schedule of activities running throughout March, with the core events happening from 20-24th.

Festival poets include Bristol Poet Laureate Vanessa Kisuule, Jo Bell, Mark Pajak, Olivia Gatwood, Anthony Anaxagorou and many more.

Co-director Danny Pandolfi says:
“Poetry is for everyone, and we’d like everybody to feel they are able to engage with
it and feel represented through it, whether they’d like to come to a quieter pagereading, an energetic spoken word theatre show, or come to everything!”

For more information on the full schedule of events and details on how to book tickets
or a festival pass please visit the website.