The competition is now closed. Thank you to all who sent their entries. Malika Booker and Cristina Newton look forward to reading them. Winners and finalists will be notified in September.

Join us at the awards celebration on Saturday 7 October, when the 7 finalists will read their poems. Malika Booker will hand the prizes and share her work. There will be music by talented singer Caitlin Eastham. All part of the Poetry Swindon Festival, which has earned a reputation for excellent poetry, unashamed friendliness and endless good vibes. As Matthew Caley put it: “Wow-what a grand time—–Viet Vets charging their Mobility Scooters in Harem tents; 1930’s Modernist diving towers; grand people; grand reading —its a special atmosphere you got going and you should be very proud— Grand fun, too—great poetry but without the [oft-times] po-faced aura] —we salute you — makes you feel good so many grand folks exist in this sad, post Brexit media-dominated world”.

“I have been attending festivals as a poet for over 25 years, and this was surely the best I have seen, in terms of spirit, friendliness, audience engagement, and general sense of a poetry friendly environment. Well done for excellent work.” Todd Swift

A five day poetry festival in the beautiful location of the Richard Jefferies Museum and Coate Water Country Park. There will be excursions to other venues and explorations of the local area. Accomodation is available for four nights at The Holiday Inn or The Sun Inn.

Poetry Swindon Festival takes place this year between 5th to 9th October in the beautiful surroundings of the Richard Jefferies Museum, Coate Water, Swindon. Residential tickets and passes are now on sale.

Don’t miss this year’s fabulous programme of events!