Festival Wish List – Shagufta K

Shagufta K, Bristol based poet due to be published with Burning Eye Books in 2017, lets us know what she’s looking forward to at Bristol Poetry Festival 2016.

‘Bristol has a great poetry scene, in fact sometimes it’s almost too good. Deciding between events and regular nights is a toughie! But this Autumn the Bristol Poetry Festival has a super line up, and it’s gonna be a good ‘un. So here is a line up of all the things, of all the poets, all the events I have put on my Poetry Festival wish list:

all-the-journeysSat Oct 1st and 2nd    Every 30 minutes between 1pm & 7pm
All The Journeys I Never Took
Written and performed by Rebecca Tantony and directed by Raquel Meseguer.

In a secret location in the heart of the city, All The Journeys I Never Took is an immersive spoken word show has been created for one audience member at a time.

With the cityscape framed, the audience become a voyeur to the bustle around. Here we take the time to be, to listen, to let our senses roam. A personal story. A story that explores what it is like to leave behind the middle man – lover, father, priest – and discover our place in the world. A space that echoes with unravelling journeys, break ups, first dates, family, confidences. Here we ask the audience to take an active role. Here we mutter poems of love, of loss, of the human. The city provides our actors and backdrop. Here the everyday is elevated.




Tues 11th Oct     7.30pm
I made a wish on a sliver of moonlight, a sly grin and a bowl full of stars”
The Mackay, Bristol Grammar School, Elton Road, Bristol, BS8 1SR
Tickets: £8 / £6 concessions

Gillian Clarke, Niall Campbell, Deborah Harvey

Gillian Clarke
Gillian Clarke
Niall Campbell winner of the 2014 Edwin Morgan Poetry Award at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
Niall Campbell
Deborah Harvey
Deborah Harvey







Gillian Clarke is one of the most widely respected and deeply loved poets in the world‘ – Carol Ann Duffy

Niall Campbell  ‘poems which are in turn darkly lyrical, atmospheric, humorous and moving … a genuine talent to be reckoned with’ – John Glenday

Deborah Harvey  ‘Her honesty draws you in because Harvey knows that honesty is itself an art form.’  – David Morley




Fri 14th and Sat 15th Oct   10am – 4.30pm
Liberated Words Poetry Film-making Workshops
The Conference Room, YHA Bristol, The Grain House, 14 Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS1 4QA
Price: £10 (Supported by Bath Spa University)       Booking: chaucer.cameron@gmail.com

With Helen Dewbury and Chaucer Cameron

A two-day workshop explore poetry film, what it is and how to create it.
During the workshops you will collaborate on a group film and make one for yourself.

Helen Dewbury and Chaucer Cameron have been making poetry films since 2011 under the poetry film label of Elephantsfootprint, and their poetry films have been screened at: Liberated Words Poetry Film Festival in UK, Visible Verse Poetry Film Festival in Vancouver, Sadho Poetry Film Festival in New Delhi, The Lighthouse Film Poem competition in Poole. They have also screened at events in: Cheltenham Poetry Festival, University of Gloucestershire, Dymock Poets Conference, Film Weston, Bristol Spring Poetry Festival, Writers in the Brewery, The Tivoli and Swindon Festival of Poetry.



Fri 14th Oct     7.30pm
Got a head full of lightning, a hat full of rain.”

The Mackay, Bristol Grammar School, Elton Road, Bristol BS8 1SR
Tickets: £8 / £6 concessions
Booking: head-full-of-lightning.eventbrite.com

Helen Mort, Zaffar Kunial, Vahni Capildeo

Helen Mort
Helen Mort
Vahni Capildeo
Zaffar Kunial
Zaffar Kunial







Vahni Capildeo’s collection is Measures of Expatriation, was    awarded the 2016 Forward  Prize for Best Collection in September.
like being brought up hard against an unmoveable rock amidst all the torrents of counterfeited poetry’  Rod Mengham

Helen Mort is among the brightest stars in the sparkling new constellation of young British poets’ – Carol Ann Duffy

Zaffar KunialHis poems are precise, startling in their originality, full of grace … effortlessly transporting the reader from one place to another.’ – Jackie Kay



Sat 15th Oct    7.30pm
Bristol Poetry Festival 
Poetry Slam
Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS1 4QA
Tickets: £8/ £6 concessions
Booking: bristol-festival-slam.eventbrite.com

Hosts: Claire Williamson & Glenn Carmichael












With Poetry Slammers from Bristol, the South West and the UK.
Alex Rhodes, Ciaran Hodgers, Claire Guest, Connor McLeod, Eliza Burmistre, Grace Cohen, Hannah Davies, Imogen Downes, Kathryn O’Driscoll, Polly Denny, Rob Casey, Sam Grudgings, Sanket Shrestha, Sarah McCreadie, Sven Stears, Tim King, Tim Ledwitch and the Hammer & Tongue October Slam winner.



Thurs 20th Oct  7.30pm
Milk @ Tobacco Factory
Tobacco Factory Theatres, Raleigh Road, Southville, Bristol, BS3 1TF
Tickets: £7
Booking: www.tobaccofactorytheatres.com/shows/milk







With Jemima Foxtrot’s Melody plus Chris Redmond
Winner of Buxton Festival Fringe’s Spoken Word Award, Jemima Foxtrot’s Melody fuses spoken word and song to explore how music attaches itself to memories, people and places. A funny, poignant story of childhood, displacement, growing up, love, migration, heartbreak and joy.

Plus the coolest man in poetry, creator and frontman of Tongue Fu, poet, musician, performer and producer Chris Redmond.
‘…a wordsmith wizard whose sublime art of storytelling in verse is impossible to ignore” The Poetry Book Society

and two exciting emerging local artists Sam J. Grudgings and Amani Z. Saeed.


To see the full Festival line-up and find out more visit www.poetrycan.co.uk


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