Budding bards return to Southwell festival

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SOUTHWELL Poetry Festival returns to the town in an event that aims to inspire budding poets and create an alternative opinion of the art form.

This year’s line-up includes performances from the poet, playwright and novelist Simon Armitage who features regularly on the BBC, and Pauline Prior-Pitt who will open the festival with readings from her latest works ‘New Collection: Holding Close’.

In an effort to change opinions on the art form, the Southwell Poetry Festival spreads its metaphorical wings to address poetry in a new and accessible manner. One of the festival highlights take place on 7th of July, and features work from Brian Moses and his poetry percussion show.

The act, who call themselves ‘The Alternative 3Rs, Rhyme, Rhythm and Rap’ will be performing at Southwell Minster from 1-2pm and have invited local school children to experience a quirkier approach to poetry.

Their exciting and energetic performances refer to everything from dragons to football matches, aiming his issues at the younger generation to inspire a newly positive opinion of poetry.

Other aspects of the festival which aim to branch out from traditional readings include the infamous poetry pub crawl, which tours the many pubs and inns around Southwell.

The pub crawl boasts of being one of the ‘must do’ highlights of the week, which invites guests to open mic sessions to demonstrate their poetical talent.

County councillor John Cottee, cabinet member for culture and community, said “Southwell Library Poetry Festival is fast becoming a major highlight in the East Midlands’ cultural calendar.”

“The festival is an excellent example of how libraries aim to create inspiring opportunities for people. This year’s events promise a diverse exploration into the world of poetry.”

Events cost between £3-10 and run from the 3rd to 9th July, with most taking place at Southwell Library.