Hello poetry people! We’re wildly excited to be talking to you again and even more excited to share the news that yes, we will be back in February 2023! Scroll down for everything we’re allowed to tell you about our next festival, our competition and everything we’ve got going on in the meantime…


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If you didn’t already have it in your calendars, get it in NOW. We’re returning to the Birmingham Hippodrome from the 15th to the 19th February 2023 with another amazing five days of poetry, performance and workshops for you to enjoy. Join us to see staples of the programme plus some brand new formats and twists you won’t want to miss!

Full line-up and tickets are imminent, so keep your eyes peeled and be sure to follow us on our socials.




Look back on festivals past…


Speaking of staples of VERVE, we’ve got the other news you’ve been waiting for: The VERVE competition is back, and open this Monday! The amazing Kim Moore is raring to read your poetical submissions on the theme PROTEST from Monday 14/11/22 to Monday 02/11/22. For all the T&Cs, head over to our competition page, and don’t forget to visit our festival bookshop for copies of past anthologies while you’re there!

More info on our Competition Page

If you can’t wait until February for some VERVEy goodness in your life, don’t forget that we’ve got an all-year-round calendar of events to keep you in poetry, January to December. Details of our upcoming Open Door and VERVE Poetry Nights below:

The Glee Club
Tue, 31st January 2023
19:00 – 21:30

Our quarterly night at the Glee Club returns for it’s third edition, feat. Bohdan PiaseckiNeelam Saredia-Brayley, Kat Lyons and Zakariye Abdillahi all hosted by the indomitable Sam J. Grudgings. Always a vibrant event, we’ve got all these brilliant headliners PLUS an open mic in each half. Get your tickets for the in-person or streamed event through eventbrite and sign up to perform on the night.

VERVE Poetry Night Tickets

The Hive
Tue, 15 November 2022
19:00 – 21:30

It’s the worst-kept secret in Birmingham Poetry! Our monthly open mic night hosted by Rick Sanders at The Hive in the Jewellery Quarter hosts continues this November. Great poetry, a gorgeous venue and an absolutely lovely crowd – what more could you ask for? Registers for the open mic via eventbrite or on the day – it’s pay-as-you-feel, with all proceeds going to The Hive, who continue to be generous to us.

Open Door Tickets

If you’re looking at all this and thinking I want to be a part of that, you’re in luck. Keep an eye out, because we’ll be sharing ways to get involved in the festival very soon. Of course, we’ll be looking for volunteers to help deliver the festival but this year we’ll also be putting out a callout for poetry films to share as part of a poetry film night event – exciting right??

So, a festival on the books for February, a competition in full swing, our regular nights ticking along – in short, we’re not going anywhere and we hope you aren’t either 😉

Stay tuned for more details – we’ll be releasing the full programme and tickets very soon, and trust us, you won’t want to miss it.

Take care and we’ll see you real soon….

– The VERVE Team

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