National Poetry Competition trio reading at London's Keats festival

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The three top winners of the National Poetry Competition – from left, Pascale Petit, Patricia McCarthy, and Jane Draycott – will be reading together for the first time in a Poetry Society event at the Keats festival in London on Tuesday 28 May at 6.30pm. The event, at the Nightingale room at Keats House in north London, costs £5 (£4 for Poetry Society members). The festival, which takes place from 24 May until 2 June, includes other readings, performances, workshops and talks.  



Liverpool Writing on the wall festival, 1-31 May 

Sheffield Lyric festival, 2-5 May

Strokestown international poetry festival, Co Roscommon, Ireland, 3-5 May 

Swindon festival of literature, 6-18 May 

Poetry-next-the-sea, Wells-next-the-sea, Norfolk, 10-12 May 

Norfolk and Norwich festival, 10-26 May 

St Ives literature festival, Cornwall, 11-18 May 

Prestwich book festival, 14 May - 15 June 

Iron Age festival, Cullercoats, Tyne and Wear, 15-19 May 

London literature festival, 20 May - 8 September 

Hay festival, 23 May - 2 June

London Keats festival, 24 May - 2 June 

Glastonwick festival of beer, music and poetry, Coombes, West Sussex, 31 May - 2 June  

Wychwood festival, 31 May - 2 June 

Sheffield poetry festival, 31 May -9 June



Hay festival, ends 2 June

London Keats festival, ends 2 June 

Glastonwick festival of beer, music and poetry, Coombes, West Sussex, ends 2 June  

Wychwood festival, ends 2 June

Sheffield poetry festival, ends 9 June

Scribble festival, Manchester, 11-12 June 

Bridlington poetry festival, 14-16 June 

Ludlow Fringe festival, 21-30 June

Hebden Bridge arts festival, 22-30 June 

Glastonbury festival, 26-30 June 



Ledbury poetry festival, Herefordshire, 5-14 July 

Wirral Festival of Firsts, 6-14 July

Latitude festival, Southwold, Suffolk, 18-21 July 



Edinburgh festival fringe, 2-26 August

Arran, McLellan arts festival, 30 August – 8 September 



Wigan Diggers’ festival, 7 September 

King’s Lynn poetry festival, 21-23 September 

Wigtown book festival, Dumfries and Galloway, 27 September - 6 October 



Ilkley literature festival, 4-20 October, 

Morley literature festival, Leeds, 5-13 October

North Wales international poetry festival, Clywd theatre, 7 October ,

Manchester literature festival, 7-20 October 

Marsden poetry jam, jazz festival, Huddersfield, 11-13 October

Sheffield Off the Shelf festival of words, 12 October- 2 November 

Torbay festival of poetry, 24-28 October



Aldeburgh poetry festival, 8-10 November 


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