Monthly Archives: May 2021

Go to the poets – they will speak to thee


I can’t believe it is already nearly the end of May. I hope lots of you can join me for this event on Wednesday 26th May with the brilliant poet Wendy Pratt. The open mic is now full, but still plenty of tickets left for you to come and relax in your own homes and listen to a stunning evening of poetry! Tickets are £5, but we also have some free ones available if you are on a low income, please contact Hannah Catterall at Wordsworth Grasmere if you need a free ticket on

More information about the event here – An Evening with Wendy Pratt – Wordsworth Grasmere

Where To Next? – A Seminar hosted by Kendal Poetry Festival


June 2nd, 1pm-4pm

The literary landscape has been transformed by the pandemic – how do we move forwards?

In February 2021, Kendal Poetry Festival staged 45 online events over 10 days, including “Rising to the Challenge: Poetry in an Age of Covid” – a discussion which brought the festival-going public together with representatives of poetry festivals, education and theatre. Together, we considered how we had met the challenge of Covid, and how events might change and develop in the coming months and years. 

In “Where To Next”, we continue this discussion via three hours of presentations, film and discussion, featuring some of the UK’s leading poets and representatives from literary events. We’ll consider what we lost in the pandemic, and how we survived, adapted and developed. And, with a particular focus on engagement, innovation and accessibility, we’ll identify how we might continue to grow and to support each other in the uncertain times to come.

We really hope you can join us for what promises to be an exciting, dynamic and truly creative conversation.  Tickets are free but will need to be booked using Eventbrite.

Tickets available here



Where to Next: – creating the conditions for collective post traumatic growth.

Christina Wilson, PhD researcher and poet; and Sarah Willis, coach, counsellor, supervisor

Hybridity: a model for change

Erica Morris and Kate Lovery – Ilkley Literature Festival

Opening the Door: inclusivity, disability and diversity

Hannah Hodgson, poet and activist

Engaging with trauma through literature

Winnie Li – Clear Lines/ Royal Society of Literature

Launch of “Rising to the Challenge: Literary Community in the Age of Covid”

Introduced by filmmaker Em Humble

Facilitated Groups:

Building Community:

Ann Sansom, Peter Sansom, Ellen McLeod – The Poetry Business

Engagement and Innovation

Shaun Lawrence – The Reader

Working with Uncertainty

Katharine MacMahon – Royal Literary Fund

Opening Doors

Christina Wilson – PhD student and poet

The Digital Art Form

Hannah Catterall – Wordsworth Grasmere

Writers as Teachers in an Age of Covid:
Virtual Action Learning as a tool for creative, personal
and professional development

Fiona Mason – NAWE

We hope you can join us for what promises to be an exciting, challenging and dynamic conversation.

Book your tickets here: