Poetry Salon doors to swing open once more this Thursday!

This Thursday (May 25th), Worcestershire LitFest & Fringe will be opening the doors to their Poetry Salon, for the second year running. A unique and intimate evening, the Poetry Salon allows audience members to experience one to one readings from a selection of local poets. Alongside this – to keep those not attending the Salon entertained – there will be an open mic section hosted by Worcester’s very own Poet Laureate, Suz Winspear.

Inside the Salon itself, audience members will have 15 minutes in which they can visit three of our poets. And, if you’re wondering who the wonderful performers are this year…

Alan Durham

Nina Lewis

Kieran Davis

Holly Daffurn

Kevin Brooke

Charley Barnes

These six will be waiting, poems at the ready, to read to you, answer any questions you have about their work, and generally share their poetic-loveliness with anyone who comes along to listen.

So, this Thursday, do come along to The Old Rectifying House in Worcester (WR1 3NN); doors open at 7pm and the Salon event itself will start at 7:30pm. Don’t miss your chance to be involved in this unique evening of poetry and performance!

If you want to book 6 minutes in our open mic section, you can email: secretary@worcslitfest.co.uk to do so now.

Have you seen our action-packed programme yet?

The team of Worcestershire LitFest and Fringe are delighted to announce the full details of their 2017 festival programme!

We have worked tirelessly in recent months to bring you the best that the West Midlands (and beyond) has to offer in terms of lovely literary talents. Unfortunately, the festival only has one week to spread its wings and so we have had to make some difficult decisions in regards to which applications to pursue this year. However, our final decisions are now complete, compiled, and ready to be perused.

You can access an online version of the programme – AND start buying your tickets – in our Programme & Tickets 2017 section.

If you have any questions or queries about tickets, or the festival generally, please do contact our Secretary, Charley Barnes, by emailing: secretary@worcslitfest.co.uk.

We’ll see you all in June!

Suz’s WPL blog – March 2016

Breaking Boundaries

It’s March already, and my year as Poet Laureate is into its final quarter. The time has passed so quickly – I can’t believe it’s coming to an end! My aim this year has been to celebrate the creativity of Worcestershire people and to form links between writers, artists and performers on the local scene, breaking the boundaries and divisions between the disciplines. I didn’t anticipate last June that my attempts to break boundaries down would happen at a time when so much of the political discourse would be about building new boundaries and re-enforcing old divisions, so it’s been an interesting experience!

I’ve had two commissions for the Worcester City Museum and Art Gallery, one for a poem and performance for the opening of the Jeremy Deller – ‘Battle of Orgreave’ film and exhibition, and (by complete contrast) one for a poem to accompany the current exhibition, ‘David Cox and his Contemporaries’ – visitors to the gallery can see the enigmatic nineteenth century landscape paintings and read my poem in the leaflet.

My monthly broadcasts on BBC Hereford and Worcester and my articles in SlapMag have been successful, and I’m continuing to network with members of the music, film and visual arts communities, as well as working in my role as Poet in Residence at the Museum of Royal Worcester. However the major event of my laureateship came from one of those odd random late-night ideas that don’t really seem practical and usually get forgotten by the morning. Somehow this one survived the onslaught of daytime common sense, and turned into the Poetry Ballroom – a collaboration between LitFest and Dancefest for an evening of poetry and dance – poets performing work inspired by dance, dancers performing work inspired by poetry. It’s surprising how well the two art-forms work together! The dance rehearsals have been going on for a while now, and it has been fascinating to sit in on them and watch a piece come together from its first inception to its finished form. This is going to be an evening like no other! It takes place on April 2nd, at the Angel Centre in Worcester, at 7.30pm.

What happens after that? Well, the remaining weeks of my laureateship may be flying by at a horrible speed, but there is one final project I have been working on. I can’t say too much about it yet, but having brought poetry and dance together, my next challenge involves . . . poetry and sculpture!

Welcome to the Poetry Ballroom!


Worcestershire’s Poet Laureate, Suz Winspear, has been working tirelessly in recent months to bring various art forms back together. Her latest event is working to do this in a way never seen before, and with this in mind we are delighted to announce…

The Poetry Ballroom!

Worcester LitFest and Fringe are joining forces with Dancefest to bring you an evening of dancing and poetry! We know, we know, dancing and poetry? But the two art forms are not quite as far apart as you might initially think. The evening is set to combine the talents of local poets interspersed between performances from OVER 40 dancers, too. So Worcester, we are really pulling out all the stops to ensure this night is packed to the brim with artistic talent – and it certainly isn’t an evening you can afford to miss.

The event itself will take place at The Angel Centre (WR1 3QN) on Sunday, April 2nd. The event starts at 7.30pm and is scheduled to finish at 9.30pm, and you can purchase your ticket in advance now by clicking this button:


Got an idea for this year’s LitFest? Then we want to hear from you!

We are now taking applications for Worcestershire LitFest and Fringe’s 2017 festival, which will run from June 9 – 18th this year. In the interest of packing our festival line-up with the best literary talent from the local area and beyond, we are asking anyone interested in taking part in this year’s festival to contact us NOW!

Our application form will guide you through how to pitch your ideas to us; these ideas will then be discussed by the lovely LitFest and Fringe committee ahead of a decision being made.

So, if you’ve got a wonderful act that you want to see centre stage at our festival this year, you can email secretary@worcslitfest.co.uk to request an application form and get the ball rolling.

We look forward to hearing from you!


BaldyPoems Presents… Are you ready for him?

kings-queens-of-comedy-posterThe thigh-slapping comedy of BaldyPoems (Kieran Davis, when he’s not playing the joker) is coming to St Swithun’s Institute, Worcester City Centre, tomorrow evening – that’s right, tomorrow – and he’s bringing along with him a host of hilarious friends for a truly stellar line-up of comedy and poetry.

If you’ve missed our Facebook updates then feast your eyes below because the line-up is not one to be missed…

Baldy will host our evening, including one or two of his own poems making an appearance, and throughout this we will be treated to the delights of…

John Lawrence

Neil Laurenson

Nina Lewis

Mark Kilburn

Catherine Crosswell

And your headliner for the evening… Mogs!!

We also have a super secret but super special guest lined up to make a surprise appearance during the evening as well.

So what more reason do you need to bring yourselves along tomorrow night? Comedy, poetry, free wine (did we mention the free wine?!), and an evening that is sure to be entertaining like no other.

Tickets are £5 on the door and you can find us at St Swithun’s (WR1 2PN) from 7pm tomorrow!

Our 2017 competitions are now OPEN!

Worcestershire LitFest and Fringe are delighted to announce that their 2017 competitions are now OPEN! You can now find details of our latest competitions in the Competitions section of our website – listed in the menu just above – including details on how to enter.

The competitions launched for 2017 are:

LitFest Young Writer Competition 

Flash Fiction Competition

Worcestershire Poet Laureate Competition

So check out our conditions of entry and get writing. 2017 could be your year! Good luck!