1) History of Bristol Poetry | Annual Poetry Festival Lecture.
The first Annual Festival Lecture with Bristol Poetry Institute, delivered by Professor Ralph Pite.
Taking place at Peel Lecture Theatre. 6:30-7:30pm.
This is the official opening event of the festival, and entry is free (please book free e-tickets below).
Bristol's a place where poetry has been revolutionary - Wordsworth and Coleridge's Lyrical Ballads published here in 1798 brought about a paradigm shift in poetry, lasting to this day. And it's a city where poetry has been groundbreaking, carrying forward the movement to abolish slavery and embedded in scientific discovery - in what Richard Holmes called The Age Of Wonder. Building on that tradition, Bristol's a city where poetry helps make possible diversity, dialogue, identity and community. This opening talk, a collaboration with Bristol Poetry Institute, aims to show why it's hard to think of a better place to hold a festival of poetry.
2) Then from 8-10pm at City Hall Vestibule we welcome our first ever Bristol Festival Poet in Residence, Tom Sastry!
Tom will deliver a workshop about writing poetry as fiction, followed by an exclusive reading of his fabulous work.
Poetry audiences often assume work is autobiographical in a way that readers of novels do not. This affects the way people write, read and hear poetry. But presenting poems as fictions is a powerful discipline: it ensures that whatever response the poet elicits is based on the writing itself, not on reactions to the poet’s own situation. It opens up the whole world of the imagination and demands an exercise of creative empathy which more autobiographical writing can lack.
There will be a walking taxi leaving at 7.30pm from this event to the 8:00pm evening event at Park Street Vestibule.
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