Programme Picks: Kibriya

Programme Picks: Kibriya

In February 2019, Verve Poetry Festival is set to return with a new venue, a new line-up and, most importantly, plenty of brand-spanking new ways to enjoy poetry. Now that the long-awaited programme of events has been revealed, I’ve gone through and done the...
Stu’s Overview of the 2019 Programme

Stu’s Overview of the 2019 Programme

I’m really pleased with the programming for Verve 2019, as I think we have taken a big leap forwards in ambition and scope. We have commissioned more than ever before – including a brand new theatre poetry piece from last year’s UniSlam winners, now...
The 2019 Programme and Tickets go Live on Monday!

The 2019 Programme and Tickets go Live on Monday!

This coming Monday (to confirm, Monday, 12th November, 2018) the Verve Poetry Festival 2019 line up is RELEASED and tickets go LIVE. That’s right. At 8 PM GMT on November 12th, all the tickets for our four day festival get released all at once. None of this early...
Guest Blog: Joelle Taylor on the 2019 Competition

Guest Blog: Joelle Taylor on the 2019 Competition

Judging a poetry competition is always a great privilege, and it’s an honour to be asked to do so for Verve. But it’s a subjective endeavour, so here are some clues as to the things I enjoy reading: I’m looking for poetry that overturns buildings, something that is...
Launching Our 2019 Competition!

Launching Our 2019 Competition!

As many of you know – every year Verve runs a poetry competition. We take in hundreds of submissions from all over the world; get a top-dollar judge to agonise over them and bite their nails; and then put on an event with 30 or so of the poems. The Verve 2017...