Tickets will be available to buy on the Hippodrome Website from 29/11/21. Online-only tickets will be sold via Eventbrite.

Dancing to Music You Hate – and other poets and poems, hosted by Jasmine Gardosi

Patrick Studio

7:30pm - 10:00pm Poetry. Beatbox. Celtic dubstep. Dancing To Music you Hate is Jasmine Gardosi’s debut show about gender identity, coming to terms with queerness, and finding the words. Prepare for an hour of explosive dubstep bass-lines and soaring folk violin which blow apart the boundaries of gender and musical genre alike. Watch Jasmine converse, […]

£4.50 – £6.50

Scarlett Ward Workshop: Space & space – the infinity of a blank page

Workshop Room 1

1:00pm - 3:00pm How can we as poets approach the examination of ‘Space,’ as in the galactic, and ‘space’ which occupies the small gaps or silences in between the spoken and unspoken, through the relationship between word and page? Participants will be invited to explore unique ways of structured storytelling that not only contemplates the […]

£12.50 – £16.50

Jasmine Gardosi Workshop: ‘Performing your poetry with Jasmine Gardosi’

Workshop Room 1

3:30pm - 5:30pm Jasmine will take you through a variety of exercises to help you bring out the best in your poems through performance. No two poets perform the same, and you will learn your individual powers as a performer by trying different techniques to draw out the qualities in your individual poems, and by […]

£12.50 – £16.50

Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan Workshop: Writing as Resistance

Workshop Room 2

4:00pm - 6:00pm In this time of worldwide violence, oppression, capitalism, racism, misogyny, militarism and more, resistance feels urgent and necessary, but it can also be difficult and overwhelming to know where to start. In this workshop we will explore writing as a medium of disrupting elite discourses, imagining alternative worlds and making space for […]

£12.50 – £16.50

FRIDAY NIGHT HEADLINE EVENT: Nina Mingya Powles, Jack Underwood, Phoebe Stuckes

Patrick Studio

6:30pm - 8:00pm Our regular Friday evening poetry headline event features three incredible contemporary UK poets. Nina Mingya Powles’ debut collection, Magnolia (Nine Arches Press, 2019) was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Book of Poetry in 2020. Phoebe Stuckes, four times winner of the Foyles Young Poets Award, released her debut collection, […]

£4.50 – £6.50

Liz Berry Workshop: The Poetry of Amulets

Workshop Room 1

9:30am - 11:30am “To love is the great amulet that makes this world a garden.” – Robert Louis Stevenson. How might we use poems – those we love and those we write – to make charms and amulets to guide and protect us? Join poet Liz Berry to read, write and use craft (of all […]

£16.50 – £22.50

Natalie Linh Bolderston Workshop: Fragmentation and Reconstruction

Workshop Room 2

10:00am - 12:00pm Using the poems she entered for the 2020 Women Poets’ Prize as a base, Natalie Linh Bolderston will provide an insight into her writing process and how she generates, curates and pieces together the fragments that make up her work. She will lead writing exercises and provide prompts that reflect some of […]

£16.50 – £22.50

Jo Bell Workshop: Straight To The Point

Workshop Room 1

12:00pm - 2:00pm In an intensive, lively two-hour session, poetry dynamo Jo Bell (Kith, How To Be A Poet) presents surefire techniques to correct common weaknesses in poetry. Make your poems powerful and clear without losing strength or subtlety; be bold in editing and refine your bag of tricks to hold the reader’s interest. Buy […]

£16.50 – £22.50

Fiona Benson Workshop: Magical Thinking

Workshop Room 2

12:30pm - 2:30pm In this workshop we will delve into our own personal treasure troves of magical thinking – excavating superstitions and superstitious sayings, folk tales that are meaningful to us, rituals, ghost stories and urban legends. Learning from poets like Robin Robertson, Sophie Herxheimer, Sarah Howe and Rachael Allen, we will learn to look […]

£16.50 – £22.50

Third Verve Poetry Performance Lecture – Stephanie Sy-Quia: Exiled Texts and Fractured Anecdotal Histories.

Patrick Studio

12:30pm - 1:25pm In this year’s Performance-Lecture, Stephanie Sy-Quia will use poetry to think through mixed race identity, female embodiment, and how 'structures of faith' abide in contemporary life – exploring nation states, heteronormative family ideals, and museums as shrines to colonialism. Through a diverse range of poetic and cultural touchpoints – including George Herbert's […]

£4.50 – £6.50

Poet On A Podium 1: Sophie Sparham

Podium Event Space

1:35pm - 1:50pm Sophie Sparham's incedible second collection, The Man Who Ate 50,000 Weetabix (Verve Poetry Press, 2021) cemented her status as a poet who tells it as she sees it and can really connect with people, either written down or at the mic. She can't wait to welcome you to an intimate performance in […]

£3.00

One-off (not) Online Indie Poetry Press Festival VERVE Special

Patrick Studio

2:00pm - 3:25pm Jake Wild Hall founded digital festival OOIPP in 2021 with the aim of showcasing work from the best indie publishers from across the UK. We loved it so much, we asked them to come and be in our physical space! This VERVE special event will feature Bad Betty Press, The Poetry Business […]

£4.50 – £6.50

Jack Underwood Workshop: Not Understanding Poetry

Workshop Room 1

2:30pm - 4:30pm Who has ever fallen in love with a poem because they understood it? Poetry is often spoken about as something inaccessible, obscure, difficult to understand, or nonsensical, and as poets we can respond to these negative portrayals defensively, keeping our poems literal, or linear in their thinking. This workshop will explore the […]

£16.50 – £22.50

Leo Boix Poetry Translation Workshop

Workshop Room 2

3:00pm - 5:00pm Join poet and translator Leo Boix for a creative translation workshop on the Spanish poetry of Argentinian writer Diana Bellessi. During the session you will work as a group to create a new translation of one of Bellessi’s poems. As facilitator and guest translator, Boix will be on hand throughout to offer […]

£16.50 – £22.50

Poet On A Podium 2: Rushika Wick

Podium Event Space

3:35pm - 3:50pm Join Forwards highly commended poet Rushika Wick for an intimate and inspiring reading from her debut full collection, Afterlife as Trash, which was published in March this year by Verve Poetry Press. This cosy event has limited spaces so grab your tickets fast! Buy in-person tickets from the Hippodrome Website

£3.00

The Coventry and Beirut Youthful Cities Exchange present Transnational Lag Express

Patrick Studio

4:00pm - 5:00pm Twelve young writers and artists embark on a fictional train ride from Coventry to Beirut (and back again!) exploring personal and collective journeys through poetry, dance, spoken word, live performance and video. Created in partnership with Coventry City of Culture, Youthful Cities, the British Council and originally performed at the BBC’s Contains […]

£4.50 – £6.50

SATURDAY NIGHT HEADLINE EVENT: Fiona Benson, Kim Moore, Parwana Fayyaz, Host Jo Bell

Patrick Studio

  5:30pm - 6:55pm Our regular Saturday evening poetry headline is always a festival highlight. This year we feature three incredible poets who are contributing ground breaking new work to the contemporary UK poetry scene. Fiona Benson's third collection, Ephemeron (Jonathan Cape, 2022) is brand new for VERVE 2022. Her previous collection, Vertigo & Ghost, […]

£4.50 – £6.50

Poet On A Podium 3: Beth Calverley

Podium Event Space

7:05pm - 7:20pm You’ll see Beth Calverley with her Poetry Machine in our VERVE Poetry Fayre this year. Now hear her poetry! Beth will be reading from her debut collection, Brave Faces & Other Smiles (Verve Poetry Press, 2020), in our cosy Podium Event Space. Don’t miss out! Buy in-person tickets from the Hippodrome Website

£3.00

That’s What We Said VERVE Special: Hosted by Bridget Hart

Patrick Studio

7:30pm - 9:30pm For Books’ Sake presents: That’s What We Said, a queer feminist poetry night led by non-binary and women performers. We aim to curate live poetry events that celebrate the power of queer identities, resilience and joy. Join us for a long-overdue party at VERVE this year, with very special guests Rosie Garland, […]

£4.50 – £6.50

Jo Flynn / For Books’ Sake Workshop: Writing your Intuition

Workshop Room 1

10:00am - 12:00pm Join For Books’ Sake for a creative writing workshop inspired by intuition, meditation and tarot. We’ll be using imagery and poetry to get writing with confidence, although no prior experience of meditation tools or tarot is necessary, just come along and have a go for a relaxing writing session that might just […]

£16.50 – £22.50

Kostya Tsolakis Workshop: Let’s Get Classical! Responding to Greek and Roman Poetry

Workshop Room 2

10:30am - 12:30pm Love Sappho, Ovid and Catullus? So does Kostya Tsolakis! In this workshop, Kostya – editor of harana poetry, the online magazine for poets writing in English as a second or parallel language, and author of Ephebos (ignitionpress, 2020) – will share his favourite contemporary responses to Ancient Greek and Roman poets, including […]

£16.50 – £22.50

The VERVE Poetry Festival Competition Event: Beginnings, hosted by Caroline Bird

Patrick Studio

11:00am - 12:25pm The VERVE Competition on the Theme of Beginnings was open for entries in the Summer of 2021, and judged by the wonderful Caroline Bird. This FREE to attend event will feature all the winners and commended poets, as well as four commissioned poets, who will read their poems on our subject and […]

Free

Kim Moore Workshop: One Train May Hide Another Train

Workshop Room 1

12:30pm - 2:30pm Taking inspiration from Kenneth Koch’s poem of the same name – during this workshop we will examine hidden-ness, misdirection and disappearing in poetry. We will look at the use of titles to cast a different light on a poem, poems with a secret or an epiphany folded inside them and poems where […]

£16.50 – £22.50

Poet On A Podium 4: Kathryn O’Driscoll

Podium Event Space

12:35pm - 12:50pm The UK's reigning Slam Champion, Kathryn O'Driscoll delights us with poems from her debut poetry collection, Cliff Notes, (Verve Poetry Press, 2022) which perfectly straddles page and stage. Join her in our cosy Podium Event Space for an intimate and deeply moving performance. Buy in-person tickets from the Hippodrome Website

£3.00

Pascale Petit Workshop: The New Nature Poetry

Workshop Room 2

1:00pm - 3:00pm Climate change is urgent and poets are seeking new approaches to nature writing, ways which are not always white-centric. We can no longer reliably portray the natural world as a source of permanence and solace. We will focus on what the new nature poets are doing in the UK to refresh the […]

£16.50 – £22.50

Kat Lyons presents excerpts from Dry Season

Patrick Studio

1:00pm - 2:00pm Menopause? Seriously? WTF? Join Kat for a performance of poetry from their debut collection from Verve Poetry Press and low-tech excerpts from Dry Season to launch the show’s UK tour. Expect honest explorations of perimenopausal chaos and musings on societal ideas of age and gender, as well as poems about love, grief […]

£4.50 – £6.50

Diana Bellessi & Leo Boix: To Love A Woman / Amar a una mujer

Patrick Studio

  2:30pm - 3:55pm Join Argentinian poet Diana Bellessi and translator Leo Boix to celebrate the publication of To Love A Woman with Poetry Translation Centre. Bellessi is a groundbreaking writer who is been credited as the godmother of lesbian poetry in Latin America. Over the decades she has championed feminist and LGBTQI+ issues and […]

£4.50 – £6.50

Caroline Bird Workshop: The ‘I’ in Poetry

Workshop Room 1

  3:00pm - 5:00pm "I am not the “I” in my poems. “I” is the net I try to pull me in with." – Toi Derricotte. Who are you? Who is the speaker of your poems? In this workshop, we’ll use the ‘I’ as a disguise, a net, a shield, an illusion, a dare. We’ll […]

£16.50 – £22.50

Kat Lyons Workshop: Reconnecting With The Body

Workshop Room 2

  3:30pm - 5:30pm Our bodies are often a site of conflict and discontent. This creative writing workshop will focus on nurturing positive re/connection and bringing the corporeal into the craft of writing. Participants will look at poetry centring the body/bodily experiences, examine techniques to bring those onto the page, and use writing exercises and […]

£16.50 – £22.50

Poet On A Podium 5: Sean Wai Keung

Podium Event Space

4:05pm - 4:20pm Join Glasgow based Sean Wai Keung for a short but enthralling reading in our cosy Podium Event Space. Sean's debut full collection, Sikfan Glaschu, was published in March by Verve Poetry Press. Buy in-person tickets from the Hippodrome Website

£3.00

Malika’s Poetry Kitchen Anthology Party, hosted by Bohdan Piasecki

Patrick Studio

4:30pm - 6:30pm In 2001, Malika Booker and Roger Robinson were young, black poets being overlooked by the poetry establishment, but serious about their work and dedicated to their craft. They invited other poets to join them around Malika’s kitchen table in Brixton every Friday night to inspire and encourage each other, share ideas and […]

£4.50 – £6.50

Poet On A Podium 6: Elaine Beckett

Podium Event Space

  6:35pm - 6:50pm Faber pamphleteer Elaine will read from her astonishing debut full collection Sea Creature Regrows Entire Body (Verve Poetry Press, 2021) in our last cosy Podium event of the weekend. Join her! Buy in-person tickets from the Hippodrome Website

£3.00

SUNDAY NIGHT HEADLINE EVENT: Pascale Petit, Ian Duhig & Rachel Long

Patrick Studio

7:00pm - 8:30pm Our final headline event of the weekend brings three vital poets together to read and talk about their work. Pascale Petit's eighth collection, Tiger Girl (Bloodaxe Books, 2020), was shortlisted for the Forward Prize and for Wales Book of the Year. A poem from the book won the Keats-Shelley Prize. Her seventh […]

£4.50 – £6.50