An idea floated on Twitter in early 2016 – isn’t it high time Birmingham had its own poetry festival? – led to a handful of people mad enough to make it happen. The rest is history.
What to expect
With so many brilliant poetry festivals around the country, we were fiercely committed to making Verve look, sound and feel different right from the start.
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.
This isn’t your typical literary festival. Instead of bringing audiences to a theatre, we’re bringing the theatre to our audiences. Over four whirlwind days, you can experience:
- Roof-shaking spoken word sets
- Readings and workshops by award-winning poets
- Boundary-pushing poetry/theatre performances
- Lively children’s events
- and much, much more!
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 bookish nerd or have children that can’t get enough of reading, Verve welcomes you.