VERVE 2022 Line-Up

VERVE 2022 LINE-UP

16th - 20th February 2022

Spoken Word
Poetry
Workshops
Podium Poets
Digital Festival

Want to look back on previous years? Check out our Line-up Archive here.

February 2022
Feb 16
16 February 2022
VERVE Birmingham Schools Slam Final: Hosted by Spoz Poet and Feat. Former Birmingham Poet Laureate Roy McFarlane
Patrick Studio,

7:00pm - 9:00pm Opening #VERVE2022 is our first Birmingham Schools Slam Final! We invited twelve local Primary Schools to bring a team of their best poets to this exciting new […]

£5.00
Feb 17
17 February 2022
Dancing to Music You Hate - and other poets and poems, hosted by Jasmine Gardosi
Patrick Studio,

7:30pm - 10:00pm Poetry. Beatbox. Celtic dubstep. Dancing To Music you Hate is Jasmine Gardosi’s debut show about gender identity, coming to terms with queerness, and finding the words. Prepare […]

£4.50 – £6.50
Feb 18
18 February 2022
Scarlett Ward Workshop: Space & space - the infinity of a blank page
Workshop Room 1,

1:00pm - 3:00pm How can we as poets approach the examination of ‘Space,’ as in the galactic, and ‘space’ which occupies the small gaps or silences in between the spoken […]

£12.50 – £16.50
Feb 18
18 February 2022
Jasmine Gardosi Workshop: ‘Performing your poetry with Jasmine Gardosi’
Workshop Room 1,

3:30pm - 5:30pm Jasmine will take you through a variety of exercises to help you bring out the best in your poems through performance. No two poets perform the same, […]

£12.50 – £16.50
Feb 18
18 February 2022
Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan Workshop: Writing as Resistance
Workshop Room 2,

4:00pm - 6:00pm In this time of worldwide violence, oppression, capitalism, racism, misogyny, militarism and more, resistance feels urgent and necessary, but it can also be difficult and overwhelming to […]

£12.50 – £16.50
Feb 18
18 February 2022
FRIDAY NIGHT HEADLINE EVENT: Nina Mingya Powles, Jack Underwood, Phoebe Stuckes
Patrick Studio,

6:30pm - 8:00pm Our regular Friday evening poetry headline event features three incredible contemporary UK poets. Nina Mingya Powles’ debut collection, Magnolia (Nine Arches Press, 2019) was shortlisted for the […]

£4.50 – £6.50
Feb 18
18 February 2022
Pen-Ting VERVE Special feat: Suhaiymah Manzoor Khan & Otis Mensah and hosted by The Repeat Beat Poet.
Patrick Studio,

8:30pm - 10:30pm The UK’s freshest hip hop & poetry night is coming to Birmingham and featuring Suhaiymah Manzoor Khan & Otis Mensah! Join us as Pen-Ting brings you the […]

£4.50 – £6.50
Feb 19
19 February 2022
Liz Berry Workshop: The Poetry of Amulets
Workshop Room 1,

9:30am - 11:30am “To love is the great amulet that makes this world a garden.” – Robert Louis Stevenson. How might we use poems – those we love and those […]

£16.50 – £22.50
Feb 19
19 February 2022
Natalie Linh Bolderston Workshop: Fragmentation and Reconstruction
Workshop Room 2,

10:00am - 12:00pm Using the poems she entered for the 2020 Women Poets’ Prize as a base, Natalie Linh Bolderston will provide an insight into her writing process and how […]

£16.50 – £22.50
Feb 19
19 February 2022
Poetry Society Young Poets Takeover: Feat Dale Booton, Aliyah Begum & Tom Rowe, plus young person's open mic!
Patrick Studio,

11:00am - 12:10am The Poetry Society’s Young Poets Takeovers are a space for up-and-coming young poets and performers to meet and share their work on stage. This Takeover will be […]

Free
Feb 19
19 February 2022
Jo Bell Workshop: Straight To The Point
Workshop Room 1,

12:00pm - 2:00pm In an intensive, lively two-hour session, poetry dynamo Jo Bell (Kith, How To Be A Poet) presents surefire techniques to correct common weaknesses in poetry. Make your […]

£16.50 – £22.50
Feb 19
19 February 2022
Fiona Benson Workshop: Magical Thinking
Workshop Room 2,

12:30pm - 2:30pm In this workshop we will delve into our own personal treasure troves of magical thinking – excavating superstitions and superstitious sayings, folk tales that are meaningful to […]

£16.50 – £22.50
Feb 19
19 February 2022
Third Verve Poetry Performance Lecture - Stephanie Sy-Quia: Exiled Texts and Fractured Anecdotal Histories.
Patrick Studio,

12:30pm - 1:25pm In this year’s Performance-Lecture, Stephanie Sy-Quia will use poetry to think through mixed race identity, female embodiment, and how 'structures of faith' abide in contemporary life – […]

£4.50 – £6.50
Feb 19
19 February 2022
Poet On A Podium 1: Sophie Sparham
Podium Event Space,

1:35pm - 1:50pm Sophie Sparham's incedible second collection, The Man Who Ate 50,000 Weetabix (Verve Poetry Press, 2021) cemented her status as a poet who tells it as she sees […]

£3.00
Feb 19
19 February 2022
One-off (not) Online Indie Poetry Press Festival VERVE Special
Patrick Studio,

2:00pm - 3:25pm Jake Wild Hall founded digital festival OOIPP in 2021 with the aim of showcasing work from the best indie publishers from across the UK. We loved it […]

£4.50 – £6.50
Feb 19
19 February 2022
Jack Underwood Workshop: Not Understanding Poetry
Workshop Room 1,

2:30pm - 4:30pm Who has ever fallen in love with a poem because they understood it? Poetry is often spoken about as something inaccessible, obscure, difficult to understand, or nonsensical, […]

£16.50 – £22.50
Feb 19
19 February 2022
Leo Boix Poetry Translation Workshop
Workshop Room 2,

3:00pm - 5:00pm Join poet and translator Leo Boix for a creative translation workshop on the Spanish poetry of Argentinian writer Diana Bellessi. During the session you will work as […]

£16.50 – £22.50
Feb 19
19 February 2022
Poet On A Podium 2: Rushika Wick
Podium Event Space,

3:35pm - 3:50pm Join Forwards highly commended poet Rushika Wick for an intimate and inspiring reading from her debut full collection, Afterlife as Trash, which was published in March this […]

£3.00
Feb 19
19 February 2022
The Coventry and Beirut Youthful Cities Exchange present Transnational Lag Express
Patrick Studio,

4:00pm - 5:00pm Twelve young writers and artists embark on a fictional train ride from Coventry to Beirut (and back again!) exploring personal and collective journeys through poetry, dance, spoken […]

£4.50 – £6.50
Feb 19
19 February 2022
SATURDAY NIGHT HEADLINE EVENT: Fiona Benson, Kim Moore, Parwana Fayyaz, Host Jo Bell
Patrick Studio,

  5:30pm - 6:55pm Our regular Saturday evening poetry headline is always a festival highlight. This year we feature three incredible poets who are contributing ground breaking new work to […]

£4.50 – £6.50
Feb 19
19 February 2022
Poet On A Podium 3: Beth Calverley
Podium Event Space,

7:05pm - 7:20pm You’ll see Beth Calverley with her Poetry Machine in our VERVE Poetry Fayre this year. Now hear her poetry! Beth will be reading from her debut collection, […]

£3.00
Feb 19
19 February 2022
That's What We Said VERVE Special: Hosted by Bridget Hart
Patrick Studio,

7:30pm - 9:30pm For Books’ Sake presents: That’s What We Said, a queer feminist poetry night led by non-binary and women performers. We aim to curate live poetry events that […]

£4.50 – £6.50
Feb 20
20 February 2022
Jo Flynn / For Books' Sake Workshop: Writing your Intuition
Workshop Room 1,

10:00am - 12:00pm Join For Books’ Sake for a creative writing workshop inspired by intuition, meditation and tarot. We’ll be using imagery and poetry to get writing with confidence, although […]

£16.50 – £22.50
Feb 20
20 February 2022
Kostya Tsolakis Workshop: Let’s Get Classical! Responding to Greek and Roman Poetry
Workshop Room 2,

10:30am - 12:30pm Love Sappho, Ovid and Catullus? So does Kostya Tsolakis! In this workshop, Kostya – editor of harana poetry, the online magazine for poets writing in English as […]

£16.50 – £22.50
Feb 20
20 February 2022
The VERVE Poetry Festival Competition Event: Beginnings, hosted by Caroline Bird
Patrick Studio,

11:00am - 12:25pm The VERVE Competition on the Theme of Beginnings was open for entries in the Summer of 2021, and judged by the wonderful Caroline Bird. This FREE to […]

Free
Feb 20
20 February 2022
Kim Moore Workshop: One Train May Hide Another Train
Workshop Room 1,

12:30pm - 2:30pm Taking inspiration from Kenneth Koch’s poem of the same name – during this workshop we will examine hidden-ness, misdirection and disappearing in poetry. We will look at […]

£16.50 – £22.50
Feb 20
20 February 2022
Poet On A Podium 4: Kathryn O'Driscoll
Podium Event Space,

12:35pm - 12:50pm The UK's reigning Slam Champion, Kathryn O'Driscoll delights us with poems from her debut poetry collection, Cliff Notes, (Verve Poetry Press, 2022) which perfectly straddles page and […]

£3.00
Feb 20
20 February 2022
Pascale Petit Workshop: The New Nature Poetry
Workshop Room 2,

1:00pm - 3:00pm Climate change is urgent and poets are seeking new approaches to nature writing, ways which are not always white-centric. We can no longer reliably portray the natural […]

£16.50 – £22.50
Feb 20
20 February 2022
Kat Lyons presents excerpts from Dry Season
Patrick Studio,

1:00pm - 2:00pm Menopause? Seriously? WTF? Join Kat for a performance of poetry from their debut collection from Verve Poetry Press and low-tech excerpts from Dry Season to launch the […]

£4.50 – £6.50
Feb 20
20 February 2022
Diana Bellessi & Leo Boix: To Love A Woman / Amar a una mujer
Patrick Studio,

  2:30pm - 3:55pm Join Argentinian poet Diana Bellessi and translator Leo Boix to celebrate the publication of To Love A Woman with Poetry Translation Centre. Bellessi is a groundbreaking […]

£4.50 – £6.50
Feb 20
20 February 2022
Caroline Bird Workshop: The 'I' in Poetry
Workshop Room 1,

  3:00pm - 5:00pm "I am not the “I” in my poems. “I” is the net I try to pull me in with." – Toi Derricotte. Who are you? Who […]

£16.50 – £22.50
Feb 20
20 February 2022
Kat Lyons Workshop: Reconnecting With The Body
Workshop Room 2,

  3:30pm - 5:30pm Our bodies are often a site of conflict and discontent. This creative writing workshop will focus on nurturing positive re/connection and bringing the corporeal into the […]

£16.50 – £22.50
Feb 20
20 February 2022
Poet On A Podium 5: Sean Wai Keung
Podium Event Space,

4:05pm - 4:20pm Join Glasgow based Sean Wai Keung for a short but enthralling reading in our cosy Podium Event Space. Sean's debut full collection, Sikfan Glaschu, was published in […]

£3.00
Feb 20
20 February 2022
Malika's Poetry Kitchen Anthology Party, hosted by Bohdan Piasecki
Patrick Studio,

4:30pm - 6:30pm In 2001, Malika Booker and Roger Robinson were young, black poets being overlooked by the poetry establishment, but serious about their work and dedicated to their craft. […]

£4.50 – £6.50
Feb 20
20 February 2022
Poet On A Podium 6: Elaine Beckett
Podium Event Space,

  6:35pm - 6:50pm Faber pamphleteer Elaine will read from her astonishing debut full collection Sea Creature Regrows Entire Body (Verve Poetry Press, 2021) in our last cosy Podium event […]

£3.00
Feb 20
20 February 2022
SUNDAY NIGHT HEADLINE EVENT: Pascale Petit, Ian Duhig & Rachel Long
Patrick Studio,

7:00pm - 8:30pm Our final headline event of the weekend brings three vital poets together to read and talk about their work. Pascale Petit's eighth collection, Tiger Girl (Bloodaxe Books, […]

£4.50 – £6.50
April 2022
Apr 19
19 April 2022
VERVE Open Door April 19th

19:00 - 21:30 Verve Open Door is a chance for you to try open mic poetry and spoken word for the first time, or share crafted existing poems that you've […]

May 2022
May 17
17 May 2022
VERVE Open Door May 17th

19:00 - 21:30 Verve Open Door is a chance for you to try open mic poetry and spoken word for the first time, or share crafted existing poems that you've […]

June 2022
Jun 21
21 June 2022
VERVE Open Door June 21st

19:00 - 21:30 Verve Open Door is a chance for you to try open mic poetry and spoken word for the first time, or share crafted existing poems that you've […]

July 2022
Jul 12
12 July 2022
VERVE Poetry Night Feat. Joelle Taylor & Open Mic

Verve Poetry presents our first quarterly night at the Glee Club, incl. Saili Katebe, Jemima Hughes, Ryan Sinclair & host Sam J GrudgingsAbout this event We'd love to welcome you […]