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Can’t wait until February? Find out what we’re up to…  

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Can’t wait until February? Find out what we’re up to…

Verve Poetry Competition 2020: DIVERSITY

Verve Poetry Competition 2020: DIVERSITY

Before you knew you missed us, Verve are back with the details of a brand new - and slightly earlier - poetry competition ahead of our fourth (fourth!) festival coming February 2020. The Verve Poetry Competition has been one of the most...

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Introducing… Verve Friendship Scheme!

Introducing… Verve Friendship Scheme!

Do you love Verve Poetry Festival? Do you want to get your hands on festival & workshop tickets before anyone else? Do you want a shiny new pin badge?? If you answered yes to any of the above then it sounds like we should be friends! Get ready for Verve's new...

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UniSlam x Verve

UniSlam x Verve

UniSlam founder and Verve poet Toby Campion wrote a guest blog about UniSlam, its relationship with Birmingham and what you can look forward to at Verve Poetry Festival.  UniSlam is the UK National University Poetry Slam & Summit, bringing together teams of...

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The World’s Smallest Poetry Festival

The World’s Smallest Poetry Festival

Whilst we at Verve love putting on some of the finest poets in the world, in one of the greatest cities on the planet, we are also very partial to humouring people. The more studious of you may recall last year's 'Verve is Fake' debacle: where anonymous...

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GUEST BLOG #3: Jack Crowe on ‘Funkenteleky’

GUEST BLOG #3: Jack Crowe on ‘Funkenteleky’

In late 2016, David Ferris (organ-playing genius) and I (lost poet) concluded it’d be awesome if Birmingham’s equally thriving Poetry and Jazz scenes got together. We messaged peeps, made a sexy banner, and for reasons that are yours to discover, dear blog...

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Verve Poetry Festival 2019 Competition Winners Announced

Verve Poetry Festival 2019 Competition Winners Announced

We're really excited to announce, after months of deliberation, that the winners of the 2019 Verve Poetry Festival competition, on the theme of 'community', are finally decided. The three winning poets will appear at the competition event on the Saturday...

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Programme Picks: Cynthia

Programme Picks: Cynthia

Last May I wandered into a charity shop and walked out with 11 recent back issues of POETRY magazine. Of all the wonderful poems and poets I read in those issues, one in particular grabbed hold of me and wouldn’t let go. It was Sumita Chakraborty’s long...

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