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Brian Patten, John Hegley, and tribute to Hovis Presley at Live From Worktown festival

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Brian Patten, Mandy Coe and John Hegley will be headlining Live From Worktown, Bolton’s festival of words, with the main festival events running in the week beginning 18 May. Live From Worktown also features a commemorative production of Dave Morgan's play 'Hovis in Wonderland', to mark the 10th anniversary of the death at 44 of Bolton wordsmith and humourist Hovis Presley. Other festival highlights include Jackie Hagan, and a special Write Out Loud night at Bolton Socialist Club featuring Louise Fazackerley and Steve Pottinger. More details 



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



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

Bridlington poetry festival, 19-21 June 

Poetry & Words, Glastonbury festival 24-28 June 



Ledbury poetry festival, 3-12 July


◄ Deadline close for £1,000 Poetry London competition

Ted Hughes award winner Sir Andrew Motion reading in Teddington tonight ►

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