This week it was announced by Waterstones booksellers in Birmingham that they are to host a poetry and spoken word festival next month, the first of its kind for the city.
The event will be called the Verve and will run between 16th and 19th February featuring poets, spoken word masterclasses, poetry slams, children’s poetry and storytelling events with tickets now available as festival passes or individual event tickets.
Manager of Waterstones Birmingham said of the event “The Verve is aiming to reflect the city, urban, confident, diverse and full of energy” and reassures fans that the programme for the festival will reflect the very best poetry currently being performed and written in the UK.
Birmingham has never had a poetry festival, this in itself seems impossible but it’s the claim by the organisers of the Verve Festival. It’s not yet been announced whether this will be a yearly event, but the first festival is promising to be exciting and vibrant.
Guests at the Verve Festival will include, PBS New Generation poet Daljit Nagra, winner of the 2015 Forward prize for Best First Collection, Mona Arshi, and 2016 Costa Book Prize shortlisted Melissa Lee-Houghton.
Waterstones is selling tickets for the events now with festival passes at £35/£25 or tickets for individual events priced between £4-£6. Workshop passes cost between £10 and £15.