Carlisle Poetry Symposium

November 2019's Carlisle Poetry Symposium was a resounding success and so another edition of this event is in planning for May 2020! Come back soon for more information and in the meantime, see below for details of the lead up to the last event...



The third Carlisle Poetry Symposium takes place on Saturday 16th November 2019

Location: Tullie House Function Room, Castle Street, Carlisle, CA3 8TP

All welcome!

The Carlisle Poetry Symposium is a rare chance for poets to perform on the same platform (and to talk to) established poets and poetry publishers from our geographical region - and beyond. Even if you have never read a poem in public before, you will find a supportive audience at the Symposium. If you are a published poet then the Symposium is a great opportunity to sell your work at the pop-up bookshop, as well as perform it. There are many open-mic slots available on the day: just come and sign up. There are also 'Featured Poets' who will read throughout the day: showcasing the very best contemporary poetry from our region. Previous featured writers include Kim Moore, Josephine Dickinson, Richard Skelton, Autumn Richardson, Jennifer Copley, Vivien Jones, Mike Smith, Alan John Stubbs, Judi Sutherland, Malcolm Carson and Nick Pemberton.

The third Carlisle Poetry Symposium is a chance to hear published poets from the north of England showcase their work, as well as a chance to read your own poems alongside them. There will also be a panel discussion about the nature of contemporary poetry in the north west. Key writers from the contemporary poetry scene will read from their pamphlets and collections and there will be a pop-up bookshop to buy superb poetry books. This event is also an excellent chance to meet publishers of contemporary poetry: small presses, and the editors of poetry magazines and journals. Everyone that attends the Symposium is welcome to bring their work to sell at the pop-up bookshop.

You can keep up to date about the event, including seeing who will be reading as well as travel information here:

Admission is free, but you may wish to bring money to purchase books and pamphlets from the pop-up book shop!