2021 Online Festival Programme

 

Browse by day for complete event descriptions and bios and download or print an A4 programme to help you plan

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We acknowledge that there may be accessibility issue for some audience members and we invite them to contact us in advance to see how we can help, potentially by liaising with poets and providing text versions of poems in advance of the performance. In some instances we may provide close captioning

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Poetry in Aldeburgh is a volunteer-led festival.

We receive no external funding but rely on donations and sponsors. To help us pay readers and plan for next year, please give what you can and the amount we leave that to you. You may donate by:

  • Online Bank transfer to Poetry in Aldeburgh: sort code 20-98-07 account 73048284 Ref: Donation

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Thank you

Thursday 4th to Sunday 7th November

The festival events (readings, talks, performances) are all free and do not overlap. Each event is of 60-minute duration with some leeway to overrun in the evenings. There are two daily slots for workshops (not free) at 10:00am and 1:15pm with two 90-minute sessions running in parallel Friday to Sunday and a couple on Thursday.  

We are delighted that Arjuna Gunarathne is our virtual Artist in Residence this year! Arjuna will be drawing Poetry in Aldeburgh's festival antics via Zoom and we will be posting what he produces across our social media. 

 

10:00am

  • Workshop

Steph Morris - The Chrysanthemum’s Last Stand. Keep your Poetry Flowering

60min         W1

  1:15pm

  • Workshop

Dom Bury - Writing with Fire into Fire

60min         W2

  7:00pm

  • Festival Launch Reading

Themes of Place, Perception and Play (Revisited) 

with Sarah Doyle, Vanessa Lampert, Samatar Elmi, Stephen Payne 

60min         E1

9:00pm

  • After Dinner Reading

Poetry London celebrating 100 issues

with Colette Bryce, Rachel Long, Vidyan Ravinthiran, Momtaza Mehri

60min         E00

  9:00pm

  • After Dinner Event

Poetry London celebrates 100 issues with editor André Naffis-Sahely, and 4 special guest poets: Colette Bryce, Rachel Long, Vidyan Ravinthiran, Momtaza Mehri and mentees

60min         E2

10:00am

  • Workshop 

Kim Moore - The Personal is Political

 See also W16 below for alternate

90min        W3

10:00am

  • Workshop   

Shash Trevett - Writing Poems after Tamil Poetry from Sri Lanka

90min        W4

12:00pm

  • Reading on 'Place'  

Fenland Poetry Journal Showcase with Wendy Cope and six poets: Jonathan Totman, Agnieszka Studzińska, Dominic O’Sullivan, Alexandra Corrin-Tachibana, Anna Maria Mickiewicz, Chris Emery

60min        E3

  1:15pm

  • Workshop  

Rachel LongThe Long Hollow Feeling -- Writing Aloneness and Desire

90min        W5

  1:15pm

  • Workshop   

James McDermott - Writing Queer Poetry about Nature

90min        W6

03:00pm

  • Reading on 'Perception'

Poetry and Mental Health

with Briony Bax, Louisa Campbell, Rachel Lewis, Andrew McMillan

60min        E4

05:00pm

  • Talk and Rading

Seren at 40 Anniversary Celebration introduced by Amy Wack

with Kim Moore, Abeer Ameer, Dai George, Carolyn Jess-Cooke

60min        E5

07:00pm

  • Reading on 'Play'

Messing About and Crossing Out

with Chrissy Williams, Katie Griffiths, Jon Stone, James McDermott

60min        E6

09:00pm

  • After Dinner Event

Poetry Performance: Guillemot Press Poets on Poetry and Collaboration with Katrina Porteous, Phoebe Power, Clarissa Álvarez, Petero Kalulé

60+min      E7

10:00am

  • Workshop

Jon Stone - Answering Back

90min        W7

10:00am

  • Workshop

Andrew McMillan - Writing the Wordless

90min        W8

12:00pm

  • Added Workshop 

Andrew McMillan - Writing the Wordless

90min        W8b

12:00pm

  • Reading on 'Place'  

Contemporary Ethiopian Poetry – The Poetics of Truth 

with Chris Beckett (London), Mihret Kebede (Vienna), Misrak Terefe (Addis Ababa), Kebedech Tekleab (New York), Bedilu Wakjira (Addis Ababa)

60min        E8

  1:15pm

  • Workshop

Lisa Kelly  - Signs, Names, Marks and Constraint

90min        W9

  1:15pm

  • Workshop

Vanessa Lampert - Light about the Darkness

 see repeat on Monday 8th below

90min        W10

  3:00pm

  • Talk and Reading

Reading on ‘Perception’:  On Poetry and Trauma

with Alice Hiller, Chaucer Cameron, Day Mattar, Tessa Foley

60min        E9

05:00pm

  • Talk and Reading

Following in the footsteps of John Clare

with Robert Selby, Robert Hamberger in conversation with Pam Thompson 

60min        E10

07:00pm

  • Reading on 'Play'

Poetry, Popular Culture and Video Games

with Matt Haigh, Maria Sledmere, Emma Filtness, Calum Rodger

60min        E11

09:00pm

  • After Dinner Event

Bad Betty Poets followed by Open Mic

with Kirsten Luckins, S. Niroshini, Shareen K. Murayama, Joel Auterson

90 min       E12

10:00am

  • Workshop

Robert Hamberger - In John Clare's Boots: Writing Journeys

90min        W11

10:00am

  • Workshop 

Alice Hiller - Writing more safely about dangerous subjects

see repeat on Monday 8th 1:15pm

90min        W12

12:00pm

  • Reading on 'Place'  

Human Impact on Nature, Landscape and Climate 

with Dom Bury, Sarah Westcott, Anna Saunders, Steph Morris

60min        E13

  1:15pm

  • Workshop 

Chrissy Williams - Writing Around Pop Culture

90min        W13

  1:15pm

  • Workshop 

Chris Beckett - The Poetry of Truth

90min        W14

03:00pm

  • Reading on Perception

Script, Shape and Image - The Poem and the Page

with Shash Trevett, Jo Morris Dixon, Lisa Kelly, Harry Man & Endre Ruset

60min        E14

05:00pm

  • Talk and Reading

Rory Waterman talks with the legendary Wendy Cope 

to celebrate her writing life and career

60min        E15

07:00pm

  • Reading on Play

A Dream of Myself – Four Irish Poets Finale

with Séan Hewitt, Victoria Kennefick, Aoife Lyall, Roisin Kelly

60min+      E16

NEXT WEEK - Supplemental Workshops

Monday 8th

 1:15pm

  • Added Workshop 

Alice Hiller - Writing more safely about dangerous subjects

A repeat 

90min        W15

Monday 8th

 1:15pm

  • Added Workshop 

Vanessa Lampert - Light about the Darkness

A Repeat

90min       W10b

Friday 12th

10:00am

  • Added Workshop 

Kim Moore - The Personal is Political

A Repeat

90min        W16