Our outline programme is below. Tickets will be available on this page soon, along with details of other ‘fringe’ events happening around the main festival. Details of poets taking part in the festival are here.


15.00 – 17.00 @ The Poly
Open mic hosted by Falmouth Poetry Group

17.30 – 19.30 @ The Poly
Seeing Voices – poetry & illustration exhibition

20.00–23.00 @ The Poly
Slam – MC Isaiah Hull


10.00 @ Falmouth Art Gallery
Sally Crabtree – The Poetry Postie

11.30 – 12.30 @ The Poly
Mat Osmond and Charlie Sherratt of Falmouth Poetry Group will be reading from The Man Made of Rain – the book-poem by Brendan Kennelly that inspired the collaborative centrepiece to the Seeing Voices exhibition currently showing in the same space. Please note: This free event replaces the poetry publishing panel, which has had to be cancelled for reasons beyond our control.

13.30 – 14.30 @ The Poly
New Fire Tree Press showcase
Including a presentation from David Devanny about CoastPoems, a Cornish audio poetry app, and the launch of Dead Man Walking by Anna Cathenka

15.00 – 16.00 @ The Poly
Reading: Penelope Shuttle and Alyson Hallett

19.00 – 22.00 @ National Maritime Museum Cornwall
Reading: Inua Ellams and Isaiah Hull


10.00 – 12.00 @ The Falmouth Hotel
Choice of workshops/masterclass/drop-ins: Anne-Marie Fyfe, Katrina Naomi
(workshops must be booked in advance)

10.00 – 12.00 @ The Falmouth Hotel
Masterclass Sean O’Brien
Please submit one poem for possible participation in a Master Class to be led by Sean O’Brien. If selected, your poem will be critiqued by Sean, in conversation with yourself and in front of the festival audience. Closing date is 10th November 2018. Poems must be no longer than 40 lines. No submission fee.

10.00–12.00 @ The Falmouth Hotel
Drop-in critiques with Inua Ellams
Got a (short) poem you’d like to have critiqued by Inua? Bring one along for a an 15-minute one-to-one. Spaces are limited, so do book yours soon!

10.30-11.30 @ The Falmouth Hotel
Charles Causley: The Sounding Heart
Talk by Cahal Dallat

14.00 – 15.30 @ The Falmouth Hotel
Reading: Gerður Kristný and Cahal Dallat

16.15 – 17.15 @The Falmouth Hotel
Panel discussion: Poetry crossing borders

19.00 – 21.00
Prize-giving and readings by Anne Marie Fyfe and shortlisted poets


10.00 – 12.00 @The Falmouth Hotel
Choice of workshops: Gerður Kristný, Alyson Hallett, Andrew Lanyon

12.30 – 13.30 @The Falmouth Hotel
Reading: Sean O’Brien

14.30 – 16.30 @ Prince of Wales Pier
Boat trip & open mic
A short cruise on the River Fal, with words on the waves

Reassemble at Falmouth Hotel for close