Cheltenham Poetry Festival

Cheltenham Poetry Festival is back for 2022, bringing a rousing programme of poetic events to the town this September.

By Annabel Lammas  |  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 at this year's Cheltenham Poetry Festival, with poetry readings, workshops and performances taking place online and across the town from Saturday 10 to Saturday 24 September 2022.

Guests can enjoy readings from some of the country's best poets and emerging talent and soak up the atmosphere at open mic nights, where local poets will have the opportunity to showcase their work.

Highlights include the reveal of the poets that make up the newly-formed Gloucestershire School of Poetry on Wednesday 14; readings from the thought-provoking anthology, Poetry and Settled Status for All​, exploring the lived experience of migrants and refugees on Monday 19; and the grand finale, the 12th annual Cheltenham Poetry Festival Slam​, which will see 12 incredible spoken word artists go head to head on Saturday 24 September 2022.

Central to this year's programme is a celebration of Gloucestershire's poets from the past and present. Explore The Enduring Influence of the Dymock Poets, including Robert Frost and Edward Thomas, and learn how the notion of 'home' has influenced the work of four contemporary poets from the county at Coming Home with Poetry. Both events are aptly taking place on Gloucestershire Day, Wednesday 21 September 2022.

Plus, aspiring poets can take part in workshops to pick up new skills or brush up on their technique, with various sessions taking place throughout the festival.


Cheltenham Poetry Festival 2022


Various venues across Cheltenham


Saturday 10 to Saturday 24 September 2022


Times vary per event


Prices vary per event

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