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

Now in its seventh year, Verve Poetry Festival 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. Tickets are on sale and our wonderful line-up has been announced for our next festival which will run from 21-15 February 2024 at Birmingham Hippodrome and Online. 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! 

3. SUBMISSIONS have now closed for poetry films to show at our POETRY FILM EVENT which will take place at VERVE Poetry Festival on Feb 23 at 9pm.WIth over 100 films entered, we’ll be announcing our selection Mid Jan 2024. Click through to find out more here.