I’ve been a bit quiet on here recently – but just wanted to draw your attention to one of the things I’ve been getting on with while I’ve been away. Last year, Pauline Yarwood and I decided to set up a poetry festival (as you do) from scratch. Kendal Poetry Festival took place at Abbot Hall Art Gallery and was a great success. We decided to do it again this year, and we’ve been awarded funding from the Arts Council, the Hadfield Trust and the Sir John Fisher Foundation.
Tickets have been available for a couple of weeks now and sales are going well. We’ve decided to offer 10% off 5 or more tickets bought before May 6th, so if you’d like to come, and want a bit of a discount, head over to the Kendal Poetry Festival website to have a look at the programme.
Our Festival Dream Team of poets include Jack Mapanje, Hannah Lowe, William Letford, Inua Ellams, Chrissy Williams, Malika Booker, Katrina Naomi, Kathryn Maris, Tim Liardet, Ian Duhig and Linda Gregerson.
I will be writing blogs for the Kendal Poetry Festival website in the run up to the festival, but this year I have a Young Blogger-in-Residence to help me. Hannah Hodgson will be conducting a series of ‘Five Minutes with….’ interviews with many of our Festival Poets.
The first one, with the lovely Chrissy Williams is already up at the Kendal Poetry Festival blog page. As well as the short interview, Chrissy has also sent us a poem from her forthcoming Bloodaxe collection Bear.
I hope you enjoy having a look around!