Lyra is Bristol’s brand new poetry festival replacing the previous festival run by Poetry Can. We are proud to present a festival programme which captures the variety of modern poetry in terms of its style and presentation. The core programme includes an annual slam, a lecture, a poetry film screening, discussions, open mics, workshops, family events, readings, performances, and a walking tour. Our festival poet is Tom Sastry, chosen by Carol Ann Duffy as a 2016 Laureate’s choice poet. He will running open mic nights, readings and outreach events. Details of all events and ticket information is on the website.
Where? Bristol various venues including Arnolfini, Waterstones, City Hall, Bristol University, Spike Island
For more information on the full schedule of events and details on how to book tickets or a festival pass please visit the Lyra Bristol Poetry Festival
Festival Directors: Co directors are Lucy English, spoken word poet and Reader in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and Danny Pandolfi, spoken word poet and promoter of Bristol’s leading spoken word night, Raise the Bar.
Founded: The Lyra Bristol Poetry Festival carries on the tradition started by the Bristol Poetry Festival which ran from 1995-2017
Poets Appearing at past festivals: Vanessa Kisuule, Harry Baker, Shruti Chauhan, Stephen LIghtbown, Greg Gilbert, Jo Bell, Tom Sastry, Mole and Gecko, Olivia Gatwood, Anthony Anaxagorou and Professor Ralph Pite. In the wider programme are Melanie Branton, Rebecca Tantony, Stefan Mohamed, and Rachel Boast