BODMIN MOOR POETRY FESTIVAL
‘MISTER GORBACHEV, TEAR DOWN THIS WALL!’
-U.S. President, Ronald Reagan, 1987
For various reasons we have decided to change our plans for 2019. We will now be having two festivals this year!
Once again we will be in partnership with the fabulous Guillemot Press (fresh from their triumph in last year’s Michael Marks Awards).
Firstly, on our usual weekend, ‘One Day in May’ on 25 May 2019 will feature a number of fantastic poets in pairs, in conversation and reading, including acclaimed US poet Rae Armantrout and Cornwall’s own Rachael Allen.
Then, in late September, we will hold a wonderful full weekend, around the loose theme of ‘Walls/Barriers’ to mark 30 years since the fall of the Berlin wall. As with our previous festivals, we’ll be celebrating poetry across generations, with an exciting line-up of emerging poets and artists, as well as some well-known greats. We look forward to sharing them with you!
Watch this space for regular updates.
Ann Gray and David Woolley
“Had a ridiculously lovely time [at BMPF] courtesy of [Guillemot Press] - beautifully curated and *stunning* readings from Capildeo and Pester among many others. An unusually wonderful audience - exceptionally well-run and thoughtful…sort of ego-less…one of the very best festival experiences I’ve had in the last ten years.” - Luke Kennard
“A winning line-up.” - John Townsend
“Came from Penryn just for the dance and loved it!” - Helen Morton
“I had a wonderful time [at BMPF] this weekend. Lovely people, amazing poems and performances from really talented artists.” - Adriana Ciontea
“I have been to every festival so far and they never fail to fill me with excitement and wonder.” Trish Blake
After an excellent festival this year, we’re excited to announce that we’re currently in the process of organising our next line-up! 2019 is due to be packed with brilliant events. As soon as we have them confirmed, we’ll pop them on here for you.
Until then, why not have a browse through the events we enjoyed last year?
LAST YEAR’S EVENTS
Opening the festival will be a poetry reading with Liz Berry and Peter Finch.
Late Cabaret Poetry with Rachael Allen, Zaffar Kunial and others.
A free Yoga session with Sibylla Chang from Plymouth’s House of Yoga.
A walk around the famous Cheesewring with Brian Oldham of ‘Walkers are Welcome’.
A poetry and Illustration workshop with Holly Corfield Carr and Rose Ferraby.
Poetry reading with Sarah Cave and Thomas A. Clark.
Poetry reading with Holly Corfield Carr and Elisabeth Sennitt Clough.
A panel discussion with Emily Juniper, Phyllida Bluemel, Lucy Kerr and Rose Ferraby.
Poetry reading with Amy McCauley, Aaron Kent and Vahni Capildeo.
Poetry reading with Luke Kennard and Holly Pester.
Late Night Music with Jim Carey to celebrate the work of Nick Darke.
A poetry workshop with Mark Ford.
A poetry reading with Kenny Knight and Andrew Brewerton.
Tony Lopez talking about W.S Graham and Cornwall.
Poetry reading with Professor Anthony Caleshu, Steve Spence, Rachel Gippetti and Eleanor Walsh.
Poetry, Dance and Visual Art including a community dance piece, readings from Liskeard Primary School children with poet Sarah Cave, and a sole dance piece of W. S. Grayham's extraordinary long poem The Nightfishing.
Closing the event will be a poetry reading with Mark Ford, Eilean ni Chuilleanain and David Devanny.
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