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2020 Festival

Friday - Sunday

13th - 15th November

We are pleased to announce our Poetry in Aldeburgh 2020 Festival.    This will be the fifth iteration of our weekend poetry party by the sea. 


The Festival will continue to evolve with a view to keeping our event  standards high while ensuring it is still both fun and volunteer led.


In 2020, in response to feedback, we will emphasise a more relaxed weekend feel. The programme will be (a bit) smaller and less busy.


Paul and Clare will continue to manage the programme. The Festival will provide other selected poets with the opportunity to put together  events and to bring to Aldeburgh the voices they would like to hear.


If you wish to submit a proposal to read, please click on the orange button on the left for the form. This process will close after March 31st


We are now announcing changes to the Poetry in Aldeburgh Board.

Clare Best will take the Chair, Paul Stephenson will become a trustee along with Robin Boyd (treasurer), Sally Myers and Mark Fairweather who all continue. We are also pleased to welcome Patricia Debney.

The Festival Team 

2020 Festival

Friday - Sunday

13th - 15th November



We are 'Poetry In Aldeburgh', a not-for-profit organisation that aims to build on and continue the heritage of poetry and over 40 years of  poetry festivals on the Suffolk Coast.


Our first festival was in November 2016 and we hold them annually. We also work with local and national organisations in the arts & literary fields to support poetry in our area.

We continue to be very heartened by the level of personal  support and encouragement for our collaborative and volunteer led venture.

Festival Patron:

Jason Gathorne-Hardy

Charity Trustees:

Clare Best (Chair from March 31st)

Robin Boyd  

Patricia Debney

Mark Fairweather

Sally Myers

Paul Stephenson



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We would love to hear from you on this website or relevant social media. 

If you wish to, click here to submit a proposal to the Festival in November. Proposals should be sent to us by end of March please. We also welcome proposals from any creative field connected with poetry as well as joint readings around a theme.

Alternatively if you want to make a general comment or make contact use this form 


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Charitable Status

Poetry in Aldeburgh 

Charity Number 1167740.


Website: Olivia Fairweather & Robin Boyd

Artwork: Charlie Gouldsbrough