Readers, writers, poetry-lovers and the poetry-curious are invited to join us at The ARC, Winchester from 13-15 October as the Winchester Poetry Festival returns for 2023! 

There are 22 events you can book onto as of now, all of which centre around the festival theme, Languages of the UK.

Featured poets include multi-award winner Daljit Nagra; legendary Welsh poet and activist Menna Elfyn; prolific performance poet Luke Wright; prize-winning poet Zaffar Kunial; sci-fi verse novelist Harry Josephine Giles; critically acclaimed poet and biographer Matthew Hollis and many more.

We aim for Winchester Poetry Festival 2023 to be a celebration of poetry where everyone feels included and welcome.

Join us at The ARC this October for an impressive literary line-up which celebrates the diversity and intrigue of poetry in the UK!

There are varied access points throughout the program, with BSL interpreters and live streaming at key events, 'relaxed performances', online workshops and a large proportion of the program is free entry.

Event: Friday 13 - Sunday 15 October           

There are also fringe events taking place in the city and online prior to these dates.

Tickets: Please follow this link to book events

The program for Winchester Poetry Festival 2023 brings a wealth of experienced poets to Winchester alongside the opportunity to discover major new talents. Below you can find a run down of events hosted at The Arc. 


Welcome to Winchester Poetry Festival 2023 5:30pm         

Winchester's Poets: Poetry Platform and Winchester Muse 6:30pm

Headline: Daljit Nagra, Menna Elfyn, Harry Josephine Giles 8:30pm


Hampshire Young Poets Celebration 2023 11:00am                             

Close Reading: Sarah Wimbush 11:30am                                         

Writing Poetry In Your Languages: workshop with Andrea Davidson 1:00pm 

Debuts Showcase: Anita Pati, Sarah Wimbush, Kaycee Hill, James


A Glimpse Into Tagore's World: workshop with Susmita


Eggenwise: reading with Andrea Davidson 3:30pm                                 

The Waste Land: A Biography Of A Poem with Matthew Hollis 4:30pm 

Hampshire Poet presents: A Celebration Of Bengali Poetry 6:00pm

Saturday Headline: Luke Wright's Silver Jubilee 8:00pm    


Bengali Poetry Translation: workshop with Shamim Azad

and Helen Bowell

I Am A Poetato: family show with John Hegley 10:30am                     

Things Being Various: Sasha Dugdale in conversation 12:00pm           

Close Reading: Helen Bowell 1:15pm                                       

Winchester Poetry Prize Ceremony 2023 2:00pm                       

Reaching Across Continents: The Power of Latinx Poetry To Build Bridges 4:00pm                       

Sunday Headline: Zaffar Kunial and Matthew Hollis 5:30pm

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