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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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