Stay well and greetings from the beach in Aldeburgh

2020 Festival

(Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th November)


We are now offering the last few spaces and waiting list to people wanting to register for any of the online Workshops listed for the Festival weekend. Each 90 min workshop will be limited to 14 people and cost only £15 pp so do register now. There is no overlap with other Festival readings. 

This will be followed in a few days by a listing of our 15 other events (readings, talks, performances all free) for the 2020 online festival in November, with an evening launch on Thursday 12th at 7pm. 

As in previous years we’ll be bringing together a wonderful and varied selection of poets and performers from around the UK over the festival weekend including over 50 poets + 2 musicians + host poets including;


Jill Abram, Isabelle Baafi, Elaine Baker, Elaine Beckett, Maria Isakova Bennett, Tara Bergin Julia Bird, Sharon Black, Carole Bromley, Lee Ann Brown, Alan Buckley, Sue Burge, Claire Crowther, Olivia Dawson, Lucia Dove, Joe Dunthorne, Jennifer Edgecombe, Charlotte Eichler, Alastair Gavin, Mina Gorji, Emma Hammond, Ramona Herdman, Ian Humphrey, Andy Jackson, Alex Josephy, Lydia Kennaway, Charlotte Knight, Ali Lewis, Jazmine Linklater, Rob MacKenzie, Fokkina McDonnell, Martin Malone, Andre Mangeot, Lorraine Mariner, Arji Manuelpillai, Jessica Mookherjee, Cheryl Moskowitz, Katrina Naomi, Miriam Nash, Serge Neptune, Christopher North, Louise Peterkin, Mike Sims, Richard Skinner, Martha Sprackland, Katherine Stansfield, Emma Storr, Phillip Terry, Claudine Toutoungi, Kostya Tsolakis, Sue Wallace-Shaddad, Rebecca Watts, Heidi Williamson, Jennifer Wong and more

The volunteer-led festival will continue, with a festival on the ground in Aldeburgh in 2021 (all being well).

The Festival Team 



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)

Robin Boyd  

Patricia Debney

Mark Fairweather

Sally Myers

Paul Stephenson



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If you wish to, click here to submit a proposal to the Festival which happens annually in November. Proposals for 2021 should be sent to us by end of March please.  

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Poetry in Aldeburgh 

Charity Number 1167740.


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