Sean O'Brien and shades of green at Cheltenham poetry festival

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Environment and the natural world is the theme of this year’s Cheltenham poetry festival, from 22 April to 3 May, which includes a reading sponsored by the Campaign to Protect Rural England by Sean O'Brien, pictured, and environmental poet Michael McKimm; the launch of Dear World,  an anthology from the festival’s publishing arm, Frosted Fire Press, featuring poems by some of the poets reading at the festival, and with a foreword by CPRE president and former poet laureate, Sir Andrew Motion. Other highlights include the festival’s (and Carol Ann Duffy’s) favourite poetry band Little Machine;  David Morley, Claire Trévien, Tim Liardet, Martyn Crucefix, Jo Bell, Wendy Klein and many other poets; bands, comedy, hip hop, a slam workshops, and children’s poetry shows. More details 

 

PHOTOGRAPH: GREG FREEMAN / WRITE OUT LOUD 

 

APRIL

Cheltenham poetry festival, from 22 April 

Wenlock poetry festival, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, 24-26 April 

Live from Worktown, Bolton's festival of words, from 24 April

 

MAY 

Cheltenham poetry festival, until 4 May 

Live from Worktown, Bolton's festival of words, until 30 May 

Poetry-next-the-sea, Wells next-the-sea, Norfolk, 8-10 May 

South Yorkshire poetry festival, 18-24 May

The Last Word festival, Roundhouse, London, 19-31 May 

Bodmin Moor poetry festival, Liskeard, Cornwall, 29-31 May

 

JUNE

Charles Causley festival, Launceston, Cornwall, 12-14 June 

Bridlington poetry festival, 19-21 June 

Poetry & Words, Glastonbury festival 24-28 June 

 

JULY

Ledbury poetry festival, 3-12 July

 

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