Cheltenham Poetry Festival brings award-winning poets and slam champions to Gloucestershire

Cheltenham Poetry Festival is back for 2024, bringing a rousing programme of poetic events to the town this April, from readings and workshops to exciting spoken word slams.

By Chloe Gorman  |  Published
Hear from talented poets from Gloucestershire and beyond at this year's Cheltenham Poetry Festival.
Hear from talented poets from Gloucestershire and beyond at this year's Cheltenham Poetry Festival.

Literature lovers can hear from internationally-acclaimed poets and slam champions at this year's Cheltenham Poetry Festival, as it brings poetry readings, workshops and performances to atmospheric venues across the town from Friday 19 to Monday 29 April 2024. 

Guests can listen to some of the country's best poets; witness 15 of the UK's most exciting spoken word artists go head-to-head; and discover emerging talent and soak up the eclectic atmosphere at open mic nights, where local poets have the opportunity to showcase their work.

Highlights of this year's event include prize-winning and award-nominated poets Don Paterson, Liz Berry, David Clarke, Isabel Galleymore, Iris Anne Lewis, Robin Gilbert, Ardith Brown, Matthew Hollis, Matthew M. C. Smith and Jonathan Aylett; as well as a workshop with Carrie Etter, a Q&A with Don Paterson and a special celebration of Shakespeare on the Bard's birthday. 

There'll also be spoken word from multi-slam-winner Jemima Hughes, award-winning performance poet Spoz and slam winner and founding director of The Word Association, Holly Winter-Hughes, not to mention The 14th Cheltenham Poetry Festival Slam. 

Some of the venues taking part are St Andrew's Church, Francis Close Hall Chapel, Cheltenham Friends Meeting House, Cheltenham Playhouse and Parabola Arts Centre

Tickets cost from £8, with workshop tickets costing from £25.


Cheltenham Poetry Festival


Various venues across Cheltenham


Friday 19 to Monday 29 April 2024


Times vary per event


Prices vary per event

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