Our 2019 programme

Last year’s Verve Poetry Festival was such a blast! It took place in our new venue in the heart of Birmingham at the Old Rep Theatre! As with previous years, Verve 2019 featured special collaborations, cross-genre performances, inspiring workshops and so much more. We also programmed brand new events, like the inaugural Verve Performance Lecture, commissioned fantastic artists and we even flew in our very first Poet of the Festival – Sumita Chakraborty!

See below for a day-by-day breakdown of all the things you saw or missed in 2019. And save the date – Feb 20-23 2020 – and book time off now to make sure you don’t miss a single thing at next year’s festival! Watch this space for more news as the summer progresses!

“By far one of the most inclusive and well curated poetry events I’ve ever been to.”

Anthony Anaxagorou

“The bar has been raised for what a poetry festival can and should do.”

Rishi Dastidar