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Poetry and Poems:Sunday

Get involved in our free and ticketed poetry events across the Bournemouth Writing Festival. Sunday events and activities

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The Poetry Machine

Free poems created in conversation with you!


Poet Beth Calverley will be joining us with her magical Poetry Machine in the Bandstand in the Lower Gardens.


Beth will ask you some gentle questions and weave your words into a typewritten poem to take away with you. Just follow the clatter of her vintage typewriter and look out for the machine's bright yellow umbrella, flagpole and bubble engine...


Feel free to come on your own or bring a friend or group. Pop by on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th between 10am and 4pm and sign up on Beth’s chalkboard.

Photo credit: Oh Magazine and Amanda Thomas


The Stanza Room; a qwerty type of magic

Enter the Stanza Room and let the timeless tap of the typewriter transform your poetic imagination.


Slip back to a time when songs, poems and whole stories were tapped out through the beat of the typewriter. Fear not the dreaded blank page. With this immersive experience, you are invited to explore the ‘tappings’ of your own imagination.


The Stanza room offers a collection of manual typewriters and creative prompts to help you type-and-write. Add your creations to those on display, and become part of a new generation of ‘Type Writers’.


In addition, there will be a number of typewriter performances during the weekend, in which we will explore the musical potential of the typewriter.

Located in the Bandstand in Lower Gardens, Mark Rutter and Judy Waite from the University of Winchester will be on-hand to guide anyone and everyone through the experience.

Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 5pm.


The Poetry Project

Dotted around our poetry activities will be 50 inspirational quotes and poems from The Poetry Project.

The Poetry Project has been doing positive things for mental health awareness in the UK, Australia, and America since 2018. As well as appearing around the world, it is also a community-based project that is all about grass roots and bringing local communities together with messages of hope and support. The project is all about having positive, empowering, and motivational messages on display in public areas to promote well-being and raise awareness of mental health issues. 

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Poetry and Flash Fiction Anthology

Our Poetry and Flash Fiction anthology featuring the winners of our writing competition is now available to pre-order. Get your copy today!

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