VERVE 2023 Line-Up

LINE-UP 15th-19th Feb

Spoken Word
Poetry
Workshops
Young People's Events
Special Events
Digital Festival
15 February 2023
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Patrick Studio,

Opening #VERVE2023 is our second Birmingam Schools Slam Final! We’ve invited fifteen local Primary Schools to bring a team of their best poets to this exciting competition hosted and facilitated […]

£5.00
16 February 2023
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Patrick Studio,

Meet the poets shortlisted for the 2023 Rathbones Folio Prize in this unique panel event hosted by Jackie Kay, acclaimed poet and author and one of this year’s judging panel. […]

£4.50 – £6.50
16 February 2023
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Patrick Studio,

Introducing the festival special of our quarterly VERVE Poetry Night, with all its usual fun, energy and bombast, its plentiful featured poets and its numerous open mic slots.Joining regular host […]

£4.50 – £6.50
17 February 2023
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Workshop Room 1,

‘Why not say what happened?’ – Robert Lowell Drawing on themes from her next collection, Helen’s workshop will encourage you to write honestly from life’s experiences, and see them as […]

£12.50 – £16.50
17 February 2023
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Workshop Room 2,

Join Suhaiymah in a workshop where we will consider the power of writing as resistance. In this time of worldwide violence and oppression as the consequences of capitalism, racism, misogyny, […]

£12.50 – £16.50
17 February 2023
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Workshop Room 1,

Helen Mort's latest collection The Illustrated Woman (2022) uses the metaphor of tattooing to explore the agency we have over our bodies and the difference between how we want to […]

£16.50 – £22.50
17 February 2023
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Workshop Room 2,

A communal workshop playing with - and stretching - the links between objects, words and sounds, in which we'll share stories, listen closely to things, and stay as close as […]

£16.50 – £22.50
17 February 2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Patrick Studio,

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 […]

£4.50 – £6.50
17 February 2023
9:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Patrick Studio,

This year we are having our first poetry film night at VERVE! What's better than sitting in the dark with your feet up being drawn into the visual masterpieces that […]

£4.50 – £6.50
18 February 2023
9:30 am - 11:00 am
Workshop Room 1,

It’s easy to get bogged down in metaphors and punctuation, poetic form and technique. So in this workshop with Helen Mort, we’ll simply be having fun with poetry. Helen will […]

Free
18 February 2023
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Workshop Room 2,

What do we talk about when we talk about mothers? How does one begin to articulate one's closeness or distance with the mother, and the changing identities and understanding? In […]

£16.50 – £22.50
18 February 2023
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Patrick Studio,

The Poetry Society’s Young Poets Takeovers are a space for up-and-coming young poets and performers to meet one another and share their work on stage. This Takeover will be hosted […]

Free
18 February 2023
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Podium Event Space,

A dedicated space where anyone can share their poetry - whether you've just written it in a workshop or been sitting on it for years, we want to hear it! […]

Free
18 February 2023
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Workshop Room 1,

A poetry writing workshop that examines the presentation of women figures in retellings of mythology. From witches to goddesses, female archetypes have served to perpetuate patriarchal stereotypes and dictate the […]

£12.50 – £16.50
18 February 2023
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Workshop Room 2,

In this generative workshop we’ll look at how very familiar everyday material – kitchen utensils, shops, routine tasks – can become the launchpad into meditations on love, life, death and […]

£12.50 – £16.50
18 February 2023
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Patrick Studio,

What do you know about Basquiat? What do you know about Icarus? What do you know about the Entebbe hijacking in 1976? In this year’s Performance-Lecture, Nick Makoha fuses these […]

£4.50 – £6.50
18 February 2023
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Patrick Studio,

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 […]

£4.50 – £6.50
18 February 2023
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Workshop Room 1,

If a poem is described as 'political', this often conjures up the idea of a rant in the shape of a poem, with the control of language slipping away from […]

£16.50 – £22.50
18 February 2023
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Workshop Room 2,

We will be testing language in the poetic realm. Focus will be placed on getting the work to a high standard that is of publishable quality. If you are working […]

£16.50 – £22.50
18 February 2023
4:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Patrick Studio,

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 […]

£4.50 – £6.50
18 February 2023
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Patrick Studio,

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 […]

£4.50 – £6.50
18 February 2023
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Patrick Studio,

Join award-winning poet Kevin P. Gilday for a night of riotous entertainment from North of the border. Kevin has curated a Caledonian cabaret of Scottish delights featuring poetry, comedy and […]

£4.50 – £6.50
19 February 2023
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Workshop Room 1,

In this workshop we will explore how poets have responded to the verdant variousness of trees. We will think about trees ecologically, but also consider how trees might define limits […]

£16.50 – £22.50
19 February 2023
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Workshop Room 2,

How can we use poems to tell the stories of our family? Join Liz Berry for a workshop about lifting your family history to the light with sensitivity and nuance. […]

£16.50 – £22.50
19 February 2023
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Patrick Studio,

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 […]

Free
19 February 2023
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Workshop Room 1,

Burning Eye editors Bridget Hart and Clive Birnie demystify the process of becoming a published poet. The workshop will include practical guides and case studies looking at what different editors […]

£16.50 – £22.50
19 February 2023
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Workshop Room 2,

Award-winning writer Jenny Mitchell will facilitate a supportive, creative session that looks at how we write about the elusive concept of Freedom. Why would we want/need to do this? What […]

£16.50 – £22.50
19 February 2023
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Patrick Studio,

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 […]

£4.50 – £6.50
19 February 2023
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Patrick Studio,

Hailed as a ‘lyrical genius’ by Benjamin Zephaniah, Imogen Stirling’s writing crackles on and off the page. This award-winning performance poet teams up with composer and multi-media artist Sonia Killman, […]

£4.50 – £6.50
19 February 2023
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Workshop Room 1,

In this workshop we’ll explore the poem as a wild place, and the relationship between poetry and the wild life beyond ourselves and our control.How can the will of the […]

£16.50 – £22.50
19 February 2023
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Workshop Room 2,

Using some of the poems from the acclaimed 100 Queer Poems, join co-editor Andrew McMillan to do some writing and breathe new life into your work. Andrew McMillan's three collections […]

£16.50 – £22.50
19 February 2023
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Patrick Studio,

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 […]

£4.50 – £6.50
19 February 2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Patrick Studio,

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 […]

£4.50 – £6.50