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

Blog

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

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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Programme Picks: Kibriya

Programme Picks: Kibriya

In February 2019, Verve Poetry Festival is set to return with a new venue, a new line-up and, most importantly, plenty of brand-spanking new ways to enjoy poetry. Now that the long-awaited programme of events has been revealed, I’ve gone through and done the...

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Stu’s Overview of the 2019 Programme

Stu’s Overview of the 2019 Programme

I'm really pleased with the programming for Verve 2019, as I think we have taken a big leap forwards in ambition and scope. We have commissioned more than ever before - including a brand new theatre poetry piece from last year's UniSlam winners, now called The Second...

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The 2019 Programme and Tickets go Live on Monday!

The 2019 Programme and Tickets go Live on Monday!

This coming Monday (to confirm, Monday, 12th November, 2018) the Verve Poetry Festival 2019 line up is RELEASED and tickets go LIVE. That’s right. At 8 PM GMT on November 12th, all the tickets for our four day festival get released all at once. None of...

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Guest Blog: Joelle Taylor on the 2019 Competition

Guest Blog: Joelle Taylor on the 2019 Competition

Judging a poetry competition is always a great privilege, and it’s an honour to be asked to do so for Verve. But it’s a subjective endeavour, so here are some clues as to the things I enjoy reading: I’m looking for poetry that overturns buildings,...

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