2023 Competition - Is now closed for entries.

Theme: Protest • Judge: Kim Moore


Join the VERVE Team for our festival in February 2023

VERVE Events

A quarterly night, a monthly open mic night & another festival in the works.

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Accessibility & Digital Festival

Our 2023 Festival will be our most accessible yet, with livestreaming, BSL-interpretation & zoom workshops.


1. We’re back! VERVE Poetry Festival is returning to the Birmingham Hippodrome from 15th – 19th February 2023. Read more here or hit the button above for full line-up and tickets.

2. Judge Kim Moore has selected the winning and commended poems for the VERVE competition in the theme of protest. You can read all about the winners on our competition page.

3. We have also finished selecting the films for our first VERVE Poetry Film event from the more than 100 that were submitted. You can see the full list of short films that will feature on our film event page.

4. We’re now running VERVE Events all year round! For more info on our monthly open mic night Open Door and our quarterly night VERVE Poetry Night, go to our events page.

5. The 2022 Gallery is available to view right here on the Festival website! Take a look here.