VERVE Festival of Poetry & Spoken Word Thursday 22nd – Sunday 25th 2024 at Birmingham Hippodrome.

Now in its seventh year, Verve has become synonymous with a lively and celebratory approach to programming poetry of every

different kind. Whether it be raucous performance poetry events, quiet reading events, studious workshops, mind-blowing dramatic poetry, collaborative work or open mic poetry – the programme encourages audiences to see their favourite poets and to try something new – to join in, create, listen and learn.


New to poetry or an old hand, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at VERVE!

Full Programme and In-Person Tickets HereOnline Festival Access Here


1. ARE YOU SAVING the date? Our next festival will take place from 21st to 25th of February 2024. Tickets will open and our wonderful line-up will be announced at 11am on Monday 27th November. Sign up for our mailing list to be kept in touch with everything!  

2. OUR annual competition (this year, eco-poetry) is now closed for entries – we (and judge Helen Mort) can’t wait to see your poems! Watch this space for news of our winners towards the end of January 2024! Meanwhile, the FREE TO ENTER kids eco-poetry comp, open to 11-17 year-olds, remains open until the end of November. Know someone who should enter?? –  Find all the info you need on our kids competition page.

3. SUBMISSIONS are also now open for poetry films to show at our POETRY FILM EVENT which will take place at VERVE Poetry Festival on Feb 23 at 9pm. Do you have a poetry film ready to go that we should consider? Click through to find out more here.