COVID Safety

We’re so happy to be back after taking a year out due to the COVID-19 Pandemic but of course, we need to practice caution to make our event as safe as possible. We’ll be following whatever guidelines the Hippodrome have in place at the time, which will be updated here.

We’ve put in efforts to make this year’s VERVE online, as well as in-person, so that everyone can enjoy it, even if they’re put in a position of needing to isolate, details of which you can see below!

Venue

One of the biggest draws of hosting our festival at the Birmingham Hippodrome is how accessible the venue is. For full details of the venue’s facilities, head to their accessibility page here.

Address:
Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre
Hurst Street, Southside
Birmingham, B5 4TB

The Patrick Studio reception can be reached step-free from either entrance to the Hippodrome, but we recommend using the entrance on Thorp Street for easiest access to the festival.

Thorp Street

The entrance on Thorp Street will be the main entrance for visitors to VERVE. There are two automatic doors that are street level and lead into a foyer.

The Patrick Studio is on the ground level.

This entrance is fully wheelchair accessible.

Please do not hesitate to ask a member of the Hippodrome staff for help or directions to the Patrick Studio if you need further assistance.

Online-Only Tickets

All our main-stage events will have online-only tickets on sale on our Eventbrite Page from 29/11/21.

For our ten livestreamed events (listed below) an online-online ticket will allow you to watch the event live and watch it back at your own convenience.

For our non-streamed events*, an online-only ticket will give you access to our recording of the event, which will be uploaded to YouTube within two weeks of the end of the festival.

An Online-Only Pass gives you access to all livestreams and recorded events.

Eventbrite is also where we’re selling Remote Access Tickets for our workshops. You can read more about those further down the page.

*we will not be recording or livestreaming events featuring under-18s

Livestreaming

This year, we’re livestreaming ten of our top events on our YouTube Channel. Our hopes are that it makes the festival accessible to those who would struggle to get to us otherwise and allow for contingency should any of our ticket-holders need to self-isolate during the festival. We’re also planning to record the events we don’t live stream, to be released at a later date.

A physical ticket gives you access to the online stream too. Online-only tickets can be purchased from Eventbrite from 29/11/21.

Feb 17
7:30 pm
Dancing to Music You Hate - and other poets and poems, hosted by Jasmine Gardosi
Feb 18
6:30 pm
FRIDAY NIGHT HEADLINE EVENT: Nina Mingya Powles, Jack Underwood, Phoebe Stuckes
Feb 18
8:00 pm
Pen-Ting VERVE Special feat: Suhaiymah Manzoor Khan & Otis Mensah and hosted by The Repeat Beat Poet.
Feb 19
12:30 pm
Third Verve Poetry Performance Lecture - Stephanie Sy-Quia: Exiled Texts and Fractured Anecdotal Histories.
Feb 19
5:30 pm
SATURDAY NIGHT HEADLINE EVENT: Fiona Benson, Kim Moore, Parwana Fayyaz, Host Jo Bell
Feb 19
7:30 pm
That's What We Said VERVE Special: Hosted by Bridget Hart
Feb 20
11:00 am
The VERVE Poetry Festival Competition Event: Beginnings, hosted by Caroline Bird
Feb 20
2:30 pm
Diana Bellessi & Leo Boix: To Love A Woman / Amar a una mujer
Feb 20
4:30 pm
Malika's Poetry Kitchen Anthology Party, hosted by Bohdan Piasecki
Feb 20
7:00 pm
SUNDAY NIGHT HEADLINE EVENT: Pascale Petit, Ian Duhig & Rachel Long

BSL-Interpretation

To help make our festival as accessible as we can, we’ve arranged for a BSL interpreter to be at ten of our top-billed events. The full list is below!

Feb 17
7:30 pm
Dancing to Music You Hate - and other poets and poems, hosted by Jasmine Gardosi
Feb 18
6:30 pm
FRIDAY NIGHT HEADLINE EVENT: Nina Mingya Powles, Jack Underwood, Phoebe Stuckes
Feb 18
8:00 pm
Pen-Ting VERVE Special feat: Suhaiymah Manzoor Khan & Otis Mensah and hosted by The Repeat Beat Poet.
Feb 19
12:30 pm
Third Verve Poetry Performance Lecture - Stephanie Sy-Quia: Exiled Texts and Fractured Anecdotal Histories.
Feb 19
5:30 pm
SATURDAY NIGHT HEADLINE EVENT: Fiona Benson, Kim Moore, Parwana Fayyaz, Host Jo Bell
Feb 19
7:30 pm
That's What We Said VERVE Special: Hosted by Bridget Hart
Feb 20
11:00 am
The VERVE Poetry Festival Competition Event: Beginnings, hosted by Caroline Bird
Feb 20
2:30 pm
Diana Bellessi & Leo Boix: To Love A Woman / Amar a una mujer
Feb 20
4:30 pm
Malika's Poetry Kitchen Anthology Party, hosted by Bohdan Piasecki
Feb 20
7:00 pm
SUNDAY NIGHT HEADLINE EVENT: Pascale Petit, Ian Duhig & Rachel Long

Remote Workshop Places & Open Mic Slots

This year, we’re committed to making our workshops remotely accessible for those who need it, with four online places on each. Participants will be sent digital materials in advance and connect to our poets in the Hippodrome via a Zoom call.

We’ll also have something similar in place to allow for remote open mic slots, so watch this space!

Feb 18
1:00 pm
Scarlett Ward Workshop: Space & space - the infinity of a blank page
Feb 18
1:30 pm
Naush Sabah Workshop: Epistolary Poems By Hand
Feb 18
3:30 pm
Jasmine Gardosi Workshop: ‘Performing your poetry with Jasmine Gardosi’
Feb 18
4:00 pm
Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan Workshop: Writing as Resistance
Feb 19
9:30 am
Liz Berry Workshop: The Poetry of Amulets
Feb 19
10:00 am
Natalie Linh Bolderston Workshop: Fragmentation and Reconstruction
Feb 19
12:00 pm
Jo Bell Workshop: Straight To The Point
Feb 19
12:30 pm
Fiona Benson Workshop: Magical Thinking
Feb 19
2:30 pm
Jack Underwood Workshop: Not Understanding Poetry
Feb 19
3:00 pm
Leo Boix Poetry Translation Workshop
Feb 20
10:00 am
Jo Flynn / For Books' Sake Workshop: Writing your Intuition
Feb 20
10:30 am
Kostya Tsolakis Workshop: Let’s Get Classical! Responding to Greek and Roman Poetry
Feb 20
12:30 pm
Kim Moore Workshop: One Train May Hide Another Train
Feb 20
1:00 pm
Pascale Petit Workshop: The New Nature Poetry
Feb 20
3:00 pm
Caroline Bird Workshop: The 'I' in Poetry
Feb 20
3:30 pm
Kat Lyons Workshop: Reconnecting With The Body