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 25 - 27 May 2018

Sterts Theatre and Arts Centre, Liskeard, PL14 5AZ


Stop Press! We are very sad that  Toby Martinez de las Rivas has had to withdraw from the festival. We very much hope he will join us next year.  However, we are delighted to announce that we have been able to fill that vacant slot to read alongside Holly Corfield Carr with the wonderful Elisabeth Sennitt Clough.

Stop Press!  Sadly, Kelvin Corcoran has had to withdraw due to ill health, and Heather Phillipson due to her London Underground Project.  Plymouth’s Kenny Knight will step in to read with Andrew Brewerton, while Falmouth-based David Devanny will now join the closing reading with Mark Ford and Eilean ni Chuilleanain.

W.S. Graham: ‘…between / this word and the next’


Welcome to BMPF Seven. We have joined with a wide variety of partners to make this year even more varied and exciting. Our line-up of poets runs from the newest voices on the block to some of the UK’s most established and respected figures.  We continue to explore poetry’s relationship with dance, and we once again celebrate the centenary of a 20th century great, this time W.S Graham, a Scottish poet who lived most of his adult life in Cornwall.

Our readings and workshops range from the traditional to the experimental, from the local primary school to the Celtic fringes.  We draw out the art of book illustration, the relationship between a great poet and his artist friends, and the poet as the artist.

We move from the dialect of the Black Country to Spain, from Cardiff via Beat & Black Mountain to poetry on film, from the Moomins to memes as we savour the many marvellous voices poetry can inhabit. 

Our chief partner this year is Guillemot Press, along with clinic, Periplum and Shearsman, all small independent presses so vital in continuing to pump the life-blood around poetry’s system.  We are also working with Hillfort Primary School, and both Plymouth and Falmouth Universities, as they encourage our future generations of poets. We look forward to seeing you.

Ann Gray and David Woolley


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