Friday Night Headline Event: Jay Gao, Will Harris, Denise Saul

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Our regular Friday evening poetry headline event features three incredible contempory poets. Edinburgh born US based Jay Gao’s debut full collection Imperium (Carcanet, 2022) follows his New Poetry Prize-winning pamphlet Katabsis. Will Harris’ debut collection RENDANG (Granta, 2020) won the Forward First Book Award and his follow-up Brother Poem will be available to purchase early […]

£4.50 – £6.50

Harana Poetry LIVE hosted by Kostya Tsolakis

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What would a poetry magazine look like if it was put on a stage? Well, this year we have invited the wonderful Harana Poetry (the online magazine for poets writing in English as a second or parallel language). Magazine editor Kostya Tsolakis has put together an exciting event involving readings, discussions about translation, an editorial […]

£4.50 – £6.50

The VERVE Long Poem with Wayne Holloway-Smith

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We’re proud to bring you the first of what will be an annual event at VERVE - our new Long Poem Event, which will feature one of our favourite poets performing new longer work - one poet alone on a stage reading one long poem. Wayne Holloway-Smith, whose stunning pamphlet length poem Lobsters was published […]

£4.50 – £6.50

Saturday Night Headline Event: Imtiaz Dhaker, Helen Mort, Hannah Sullivan

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This year’s Saturday evening headline features three incredible poets, all giants in their way on the contemporary UK poetry scene. We’re thrilled to welcome Queen’s gold medalist for poetry Imtiaz Dharker back to VERVE for the first time since 2018. Joining her will be Helen Mort, whose latest collection, The illustrated Woman, was short-listed for […]

£4.50 – £6.50

The Verve Poetry Festival Competition Event: Protest hosted by Kim Moore.

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The Verve Competition on the Theme of Protest opened for entries from Nov 14 2022 to Jan 2 2023, judged by the wonderful Kim Moore. 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 help launch […]

Free

100 Queer Poems: Hosted by Andrew McMillan and Mary Jean Chan

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Hear poets from the acclaimed 100 Queer Poems (Vintage, 2022) anthology, including editors Andrew McMillan and Mary Jean Chan read their own and other work from this important work! Featuring Jay Gao, Rachel Mann, Golnoosh Nour & Gregory Woods in the flesh, as well as Chen Chen appearing on zoom!

£4.50 – £6.50

Burning Eye Books Showcase hosted by Bridget Hart and Clive Birnie.

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Bristol Based Burning Eye Books are the UK's top indie publisher of performance poetry. Returning for their third VERVE showcase, we are delighted to welcome Burning Eye editors Bridget Hart and Clive Birnie to introduce four poets whose latest books were published in Autumn / Winter 2022 - some of the best voices on the […]

£4.50 – £6.50

Sunday Night Headline Event: Zaffar Kunial, Gregory Leadbetter, Jenny Mitchell

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Our final headline event of the weekend brings three wonderful poets together to read and talk about their work. Birmingham born Zaffar Kunial's second collection England's Green (Faber, 2022) has been short-listed for the TS Eliot Prize and follows his prize-winning debut collection Us (Faber, 2018). Brummie resident Gregory Leadbetter's second collection, Maskwork (Nine Arches, […]

£4.50 – £6.50