The Twenty-Seventh Aldeburgh Poetry Festival
Friday 6 – Sunday 8 November
Words you’ll want to hear
“This is the best poetry festival – indeed literary festival – that I have ever been at.” Tom Paulin
A rural retreat where words and images flow down the river Alde to the sea. Come and be refreshed by a long weekend of inspirational poetry and spoken word in venues across Snape Maltings and Aldeburgh. Over 50 events, many free, range from readings, performances, discussions, workshops, and family events to music, drama, and visual arts. From international big names and UK superstars to emerging voices and an open mic, this will be a showcase for every form that poetry can take, and a chance to exchange ideas and learn the craft. If you think you know poetry, think again.
We have an exciting line-up this year, including top American blues poet Kim Addonizio, Scotland’s TS Eliot prizewinner John Burnside, ‘roof raising’ Jamaican-born Kei Miller, and Mexican poet Pedro Serrano. One of our themes this year will be ‘poetry and freedom’, and we are pleased to welcome Cuban-born writer on memory and exile Jane Duran, and Kurdish poet Choman Hardi to the conversation. There will be cross-art collaborations across the two towns by local and national artists and poets.
‘A trip to poet’s nirvana.’
Poets and audience agree that Aldeburgh Poetry Festival is the friendliest, most welcoming community in which the conversation genuinely crosses the divide. If you don’t think poetry is for you, this is the Festival which will change your mind.
‘A stunning weekend. Always utterly remarkable.’
Audience member, 2014
Full programme available from August
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