Lyra: Bristol Poetry Festival from Wednesday 20th until Sunday 24th March 2019

Lyra: Bristol Poetry Festival from Wednesday 20th until Sunday 24th March 2019

Posted on: 15 Mar 2019

Bristol will present a brand new poetry festival at a multitude of venues across the city from Wednesday 20th until Sunday 24th March 2019.


LYRA will continue to fan the flames of the very best of the West's wise wordsmiths and poetry pundits, as well as a hefty smorgasbord of poets from across the UK and internationally.

LYRA Poetry Festival in Bristol

Slam poetry, live readings, spoken word, masterclasses, lectures, open mic sessions and a walking tour are just a smattering of some of the fine poetic possibilities being presented over the course of the five-day linguistic festivities.


Supported by Arts Council England, the event has been organised by poet, rapper and producer Danny 'Craft-D' Pandolfi, and local writer and lecturer in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, Lucy English. Adding to the roster of rhymesters and scribblers who are suckers for a stanza will be Bristol poet Tom Sastry acting as the inaugural Poet in Residence, and he'll also be hosting a range of stimulating discussions, workshops and open mic readings.


Confirmed festival poetic profferers already confirmed include Bristol Poet Laureate Vanessa Kisuule, Jo Bell, Mark Pajak, Olivia Gatwood, Anthony Anaxagorou, with more to be announced in the not-too-distant future.

LYRA Poetry Festival in Bristol

And though poetry might seem at first to be something of a niche pastime and interest, LYRA promises to offer a welter of worldly wonders for every poetical proclivity.


A festival pass costs £35, some gigs are free and others ticketed. Get the lowdown and locations here.


LYRA will take place at various venues around Bristol

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Jamie Caddick

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