An idea floated about on Twitter in early 2016. It was scary. Dangerous almost. There were rumors of it breaking twitter algorithm through sheer strength of meter; there was gossip about it’s potential to conjure the spirit of rhyme; there was talk that it was all government conspiracy; some say a folk tale was born of its origins.
The idea: isn’t it high time Birmingham had its own poetry festival.
The result: Verve: A Birmingham festival of Poetry & Spoken Word
What to expect
With so many brilliant poetry festivals around the country, we were fiercely committed to making Verve pop, wiggle and wham!
We set out to capture and celebrate the spirit of Birmingham and its creative, plucky, open-minded, fun, down to earth, industrious, collaborative, cosmopolitan nature.
Most importantly, we want Verve to be a festival that everyone could enjoy. Whether you’ve been writing for years or are just starting out; whether you’ve attended every festival on the circuit or this is your first; whether you’re more slam poetry than sestina; whether you’re a book-geek or have children that can’t get enough of reading, Verve welcomes you.
We are launching our 2019 festival programme in Autumn 2018, but have a few little poetry nuggets to warm you through the winter. If you think its gunna be really cold, stay in touch through all the usual channels: