Tickets on sale for the 2018 Festival!

Tickets are now on sale for the 2018 festival in Falmouth – our biggest and best yet, with a fabulous international line up including Inua Ellams, Anne-Marie Fyfe, Sean O’Brien, Gerður Kristný, Isaiah Hull, Sandeep Parmar, Alyson Hallett, Penelope Shuttle and much, much more.

Check out the poets appearing at the festival here, and get your tickets – for the whole festival or for individual events – here.

And there’s still (just) time to enter for the Cornwall Contemporary Open Poetry Competition – closes 1 October.

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Words on the waves

princessaIt seemed a shame to be having a poetry festival in Falmouth, so rich in maritime history, without taking to the water.

So that’s what we’ll be doing on Sunday 13 November, when the festival will be afloat for an open-mic on the stately pleasure cruiser the MV Princessa. If you’d like to read a poem on board, bring one along – suggested theme: “Voyage”.

This event is open to all, whether or not you’ve got a ticket to the festival – you can buy a ticket online here (scroll down to ‘Boat trip’) or simply turn up at the quayside (£10, or £7 concessions).

The boat leaves at 2.30 from Prince of Wales Pier in Falmouth. Our destination will be decided on the day and will depend a bit on the weather. But it’s safe to say that it will be a poetic as well as a nautical journey.

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What’s in the Poetry Postie’s bag?


What will be in the Poetry Postie’s bag? Find out at 10.00 am on Saturday 12 November, when she arrives with her deliveries on the Moor in Falmouth  – free to all (in Falmouth Art Gallery if it’s wet).

sally_crabtreeThe Poetry Postie (aka Sally Crabtree) has delivered poetic inspiration in her unique performances as far afield as China, Italy, Cuba and Helsinki.

Swedish poet and novelist Lars Gustafsson (nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature) has called her “Profoundly original – one of Britain’s richest inventions.”

And while you’re there, do check out Falmouth Art Gallery, where there’s a special display of poetry by Falmouth children, inspired by some of the gallery’s amazing art collection..

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Poetry and Illustration: new work from Atlantic Press

Falmouth is home to the brilliant Atlantic Press, which has done much to foster creative collaboration between poets and artists/illustrators. And it’s that collaboration that’s the theme for an event at Falmouth University on Friday 11 November from 3.00 to 5.00pm.

Hosted by the university’s MA Illustration: Authorial Practice, the event will feature readings from recent work by Em Strang and Luke Thompson.

stone_cover_atlantic_press_mat_osmondEm recently collaborated with award-winning illustrator Mat Osmond to create the Atlantic Press pamphlet Stone. Set in an imaginary, post-collapse world, the long narrative poem explores the life of a man who has taken to the hills to understand what it means to be human in a world ‘where there are more animals than men’. If stories seed us, the poem asks, why is it we persist in sowing and tending toxic ones?


theclearinglukethompsonwebsiteLuke’s collaboration with Mairead Dunne has resulted in the clearing, a meditation on anxiety, hope and fear as vocalised by birds that pass into and out of a clearing in the woods. Experimenting with lenses and with negative space, Mairead’s illustrations heighten the intensity of these tiny, illuminated moments.

The readings will be followed by a panel discussion on creative collaboration chaired by Dr Kym Martindale of the university’s School of Writing & Journalism, with authors and illustrators being joined by Steve Braund, director of Atlantic Press.

This event is in Lecture Theatre 2 on the university’s Falmouth Campus. It’s unticketed and free to both Falmouth University students and staff, and to festival-goers. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment, as the doors will close when seating is full, or when the session has begun.

Directions to Lecture 2 will be found at the Falmouth Campus Main Reception, near the campus entrance on Woodlane.

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Poetry slam, Friday 11 November

slam_flyerVenue: Falmouth Watersports Centre
The Boat Park, Grove Place, Falmouth TR11 4AU
(On the waterfront between Trago Mills and the Maritime Museum)

Time: Starts 8.30

All welcome – seasoned performers and new talent alike.

Entry £5 0r £3 concessions (students, unwaged, senior citizens)

Come prepared to perform two poems. No poem should be more than three minutes long, and time-keeping will be strict!

Judges will award a 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize (shares of the door).

Please share!

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Competition shortlist announced!

Alison Brackenbury, the judge for this year’s Cornwall Contemporary Poetry Prize, has made a shortlist of contenders for the competition’s three prizes: Donald Adamson, Chris Considine,  Judith Tremaine Drezin, Keith Hutson,  Mara Scrupe,  Katherine Stansfield,  Dilys Wood and  Peter Wyton.

Congratulations to all of them – especially as it was an exceptionally strong crop of entries with many excellent poems that didn’t make the shortlist.

We’re delighted to say that several of these poets will be able to read their shortlisted poems at the award ceremony at the festival on Saturday 12 November, when the winners will be announced. It promises to be an exciting evening!


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You can book tickets for the festival now!

Tickets for the festival, and for individual events, are now on sale here.

Places on the workshops are limited to 12, so it’s a good idea to book these as soon as you can.

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