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.
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
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