Poetry For All

We’re huge poetry fans at the Festival in a Factory and this year we have more poets than ever before, sharing their work and lots of opportunities for you to share your love of poetry and discover new works to enjoy.

POET LAUREATE FOR STOKE – Friday 8th June 2pm: We’re delighted that Stoke-on-Trent’s first official poet laureate will be host their first event at the Festival.  The new laureate, appointed by Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Stoke-on-Trent Libraries, takes up the honorary post for an initial two-year tenure with a role to write poems to commission, read and perform  poetry, initiate poetry events and work with local poetry and community group to promote poetry across Stoke-on-Trent.

Staffordshire Poet Laureate Emily Rose Galvin will be a special guest and poet Matt Windle will also be part of the event which is hosted by John Prebble from The Poetry Exchange


POETRY PANEL Out of the West Midlands  – Friday 8th June 4pm

This is poetry for our lives and times.

Poetry that says what needs to be said.

Poetry that doesn’t look away.

Poetry with a beating heart.

Join three acclaimed poets, with various West Midlands connections, for an hour of honest and powerful poetry. Come and be moved by Roz Goddard, Roy McFarlane and Degna Stone. Chaired by John Prebble from the The Poetry Exchange 


The Poetry Exchange – Friday 8th June, various time: Do you have a poem that has been a friend to you? The Poetry Exchange explores the idea of poems as friends. Through conversations, events and The Poetry Exchange podcast, they discover the diverse and extraordinary ways in which poetry plays a part in people’s lives.

You’re invited to book an individual slot to come and explore a poem that has been a friend to you, in conversation with The Poetry Exchange team


Thursday 7th June 1-5pm THE POETRY TAKEAWAY

Turn up to the takeaway in the Factory courtyard and supply the ingredients for a ‘home-cooked poem’.

The world’s first purpose built poetry emporium cooks up personalised, made to order poems, performed and wrapped up for you to takeaway.