We haven’t announced our line-up for 2022 yet, but we will be sure to let you know as soon as it’s finalised! In the meantime, our competition is looming, we have a new online bookshop and lots to read and think about. Follow us on our socials and join our mailing list to be first to know when we have news!

What we did in 2020

We just managed to squeeze in 2020s VERVE two weeks before lockdown – and thank goodness – who knew lockdown would go for so long and we’d be forced to take a gap year in 2021! It was a great festival in yet another (and hopefully this time more permanent) home at Birmingham Hippodrome’s Patrick Studio. As in previous years, Verve 2020 was jam packed full of rowdy spoken word, thoughtful readings, workshops, music, colour life and most importantly of all a warm welcome for all! We also launched our very own Festival Bookshop which was a real step forward for us, and Beth Calverley’s Poetry Machine went down a storm and has got us thinking about having a Poetry Fayre in the Hippodrome’s roomy atrium next time!

See below for a day-by-day breakdown of all the things you saw or missed in 20120 And save the date – Feb 16-20 2022 – 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!

Our 2019 programme

2019r’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. 

“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