2024 Lineup

We’re back from Thursday 22nd – Sunday 25th February 2024 at Birmingham Hippodrome!


We are thrilled to return with our hybrid form of festival – allowing all to enjoy, whether you are with us in the flesh or watching and participating online. All events will be BSL interpreted, and streamed to our online audience, as well as being available to view one month after the festival. Our workshops will have parallel zoom versions in the run up to the festival. And our famous VERVE Poetry Festival Bookshop is now online for all your poetry buying needs. We can’t wait to welcome you!

Poetry in Performance with Tyrone Lewis

Join the dynamic Tyrone Lewis, renowned UK Poetry Slam Champion and author of ‘Blackish‘ and ‘2 Black 2 Furious,‘ for an electrifying Performance Workshop. Develop your creative potential as Tyrone shares insights into performance poetry, spoken word themes and slam techniques, guiding your personal narrative through spoken word. Learn performance techniques, explore diverse forms, and receive constructive feedback to hone your craft.

This 2 hour session revolves around the exploration of writing for the purpose of performance, featuring tips from the slam poetry maestro himself.


Thursday 22nd February

4:30 to 6:30 pm
Full £16.50 / Cons £12.50

Run Your Power-try To The Music

Birmingham’s Live Poetry Night Celebration
An explosive evening presenting four poetry nights from the local spoken word community. Meet the hosts, hear their stories and experience four events in one night with headline act TYRONE LEWIS, open mic, and live music.
Tell It To The Music – Blending spoken word with live jazz. An unforgettable fusion of words and music.
Empower Poetry – Serving the local community with humble Spoken Word, Empower Poetry features profound GRIOT GABRIEL.
The Poetry Hotel – Celebrating new voices in poetry, discover emerging poets Bradley Taylor and Ray.
Run Your Mouth – Birmingham’s Biggest Poetry Slam where the audience decides who claims the crown.


Thursday 22nd February

7:30 to 10:00 p.m
Full £8 / Cons £6

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