CARCANET Press is proudto announce the participation of four exceptional poets, Isabel Galleymore, Rebecca Goss, Kit Fan, and Jason Allen-Paisant, at the upcoming VERVE Poetry and Spoken Word Festival happening from 22nd – 25th February at Birmingham Hippodrome. The festival, known for its commitment to diverse voices, promises to be an enriching experience for poetry enthusiasts. 

Isabel Galleymore:

SUNDAY NIGHT HEADLINEEVENT: Daljit Nagra, Isabel Galleymore, Marjorie Lotfi

Sunday, 25th Feb – 6.30 – 8 pm
Isabel Galleymore, the Birmingham-based poet acclaimed for “Significant Other” (Carcanet, 2019), will read from her latest work, “Baby Schema,” exclusively available at VERVE.


Rebecca Goss: 

SATURDAY NIGHT HEADLINE EVENT: Nicole Sealey, Rebecca Goss, Alice Hiller hosted by Jo Bell
Saturday, 24th Feb – 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Rebecca Goss, renowned for her poignant exploration of motherhood, will present her newest collection, “Latch” (Carcanet, 2023), following the Forward Prize shortlisted “Her Birth.”


In-person Sunday, 25th Feb – 12:30 – 2:30 pm TICKETS >
Online Tuesday, 6th Feb – 7 – 9 pm TICKETS >
Reflecting on how and why vessels are made, this workshop will be an opportunity to uncover the emotional and physical refuge vessels can offer. Using various stimulating texts, join Rebecca to write poems exploring the vessel’s significance to you. 

Kit Fan: 

Where Else: An International Hong Kong Poetry Anthology hosted by Jennifer Wong and Tim Tim Cheng
Sunday, 25th Feb – 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Kit Fan will participate in this anthology showcasing the diasporic imagination of the contemporary Hong Kong poetry community, sharing poems fromrecent publications and the anthology. 


Kit Fan Workshop – The Art of the Seen and the Unseen
In-Person Sunday, 25th Feb – 10 am – 12 pm TICKETS >
Online Thursday, 15th Feb – 7 – 9 pm TICKETS >
Kit Fan will lead a workshop exploring the craft of poetry, focusing on the seen and the unseen, guiding participants through the collaborative nature of words and lines.

Jason Allen-Paisant: 

FRIDAY NIGHT HEADLINE EVENT: Séan Hewitt, Jason Allen-Paisant, Alycia Pirmohamed. Hosted by Helen Bowell
23rd Feb – 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Winner of the 2023 T.S.Elliot Prize Jason Allen-Paisant, Forward Best Collection winner for “Self-Portrait As Othello,” will be part of the Friday evening headline event, presenting his acclaimed work.


About CARCANET Press: 

CARCANET Press is a leading independent poetry publisher dedicated to championing diverse voices and fostering a love for poetry. With a rich history of publishing acclaimed poets, CARCANET remains at the forefront of the contemporary poetry scene. 

About VERVE Poetry Festival: 

Birmingham’s own VERVE Festival of Poetry and Spoken Word (21-25 Feb 2024) is back at the Hippodrome! Now in its seventh year, VERVE 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 and open mic. We encourage our audience to see their favourite poets and try something new to join in, create, listen, and learn. Most importantly, ALL are welcome at our poetry party of national standing. Whether new to poetry or an old hand, there will be something for everyone to enjoy at VERVE! Be part of the audience at this acclaimed festival taking place right here in the Midlands! 

“About VERVE, it is true: the bar had been raised for what a poetry festival can and should do.” – Rishi Dastidar.