2014 Wenlock Poetry Festival Anthology Tour

Wenlock Poetry Festival 2014: The Anthology Tour


As far as we know, Wenlock Poetry Festival is the only festival that also publishes an anthology each year. Now, for the first time, we are going on the road with the anthology ! Come for a free taster. Meet and hear some of the poets. Buy the anthology even! 

At £4.99  it is a chance to read poems by big names such as Carol Ann Duffy, the Festival Patron, and Simon Armitage  next to poems by the region’s Young Poet Laureates and many many more.


Anna Dreda of Wenlock Books, and Nadia Kingsley of Fair Acre Press and Wenlock Poetry Festival welcome everyone.





                      Pick up a copy of the Wenlock Poetry Festival 2014 programme


4th March (Tues) LUDLOW : with huge thanks to Deb Alma and Jean Atkin, our hosts –

The Sitting Room, upstairs at Thai Box takeaway, 4 Upper Galdeford, Ludlow SY8 1QD

7:30pm to 9:30pm with half hour break at 8:30 pm

POETS: Anna Saunders, Jean Atkin, Jeff Phelps, Paul Francis, Tina Cole


6th March (Thurs) SHREWSBURY: with huge thanks to Liz Lefroy, our host –

Shrewsbury Coffee House, 5 Castle Gates, Shrewsbury SY21 2AE

starts 7:30pm

POETS: Mia Cunningham – Shropshire’s first Young Poet Laureate, Nick Pearson, plus Anna Dreda reads from the anthology


10th March (Mon) MUCH WENLOCK: George and Dragon pub, 2 High Street, Much Wenlock TF13 6AA

7:30 pm to 9:30pm, half hour break at 8:30pm with music

POETS: Andrew Fusek Peters, David Bingham, Jean Atkin, Jeff Phelps, Tina Cole, Paul Francis


12th March (Wed) CLUNGUNFORD: Clungunford House (Jane Roberts’ home), Clungunford SY7 0PN

8pm to 10 pm, half hour break at 9pm with music

POETS: Simon Fletcher, Nick Pearson, Paul Francis, Nadia Kingsley, plus Anna Dreda reads from the anthology


17th March (Mon) BRIDGNORTH: upstairs at Shakespeare pub, 54-55 W Castle St, Bridgnorth WV16 4AD

7:30pm to 9:30pm, half hour break at 8:30pm with music

POETS: Mark Niel, Jeff Phelps, Nick Pearson, Paul Francis, Dwane Reads


19th March (Wed) WHITCHURCH: The Bulls Head pub, 24 Watergate St, Whitchurch SY13 1DP

7:30pm to 9:30pm, half hour break at 8:30pm with music

POETS: Nick Pearson, Paul Francis, Nadia Kingsley, Dwane Reads, plus Anna Dreda reads from the anthology


24th March (Mon) – OSWESTRY: Highwayman pub, Shrewsbury Rd, Oswestry SY11 2RT

7:30pm to 9:30pm, half hour break at 8:30pm with music

POETS: Gladys Mary Coles, Simon Fletcher, Mark Niel, Nick Pearson, Nadia Kingsley


31st March (Mon) – CHURCH STRETTON: Housmans Bar

27 High St, Church Stretton SY6 6BX

7:30pm to 9:30pm, half hour break at 8:30pm with music

POETS: David Bingham, Andrew Fusek Peters, Mark Niel, Jean Atkin, Nick Pearson


10th April (Thurs morning) – MUCH WENLOCK: Thanks to Anna Dreda, our host

Poetry Breakfast, Tea on the Square, Much Wenlock

9 am to 10 am with a coffee and croissant break

(costs £6)

POETS : Andrew Fusek Peters and Mark Niel



Entry is free to all, but poetry breakfast (which costs the audience £6 – this includes 2 cups of coffee and a hot croissant!)  Come along !

Now in its fifth year, 2014’s Wenlock Poetry Festival is the largest to date. Over 70 events will take place during the weekend of 25-27 April 2014, including live performances, readings, workshops, literature, art, music and film.

Wenlock Poetry Festival has become recognised as one of the country’s most noteworthy literature festivals, attracting some of the best poets and performers writing today. The Festival was founded in 2010 with the support of Patron and Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, who has named Much Wenlock as “the perfect place for poetry”.

Wenlock Poetry Festival is supported by Arts Council England                          .

Full programme and ticketing information can be viewed at www.wenlockpoetryfestival.org or call 01952 726829. The Box Office in Much Wenlock will be open for sales and information from 3 March (Thursday and Friday only).



For more information contact Helen Stallard, PR on behalf of Wenlock Poetry Festival:

T: 0774 033 9604

E: helen@helenstallard.co.uk