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Derby Poetry Festival

2nd - 6th October 2024

WELCOME TO
DERBY POETRY FESTIVAL

Often referred to as DPF, Derby Poetry Festival is a four-day poetry and literature festival held in the centre of Derby. We are dedicated to developing new writing talent in Derby and bring excellent work to the city. DPF has just entered it's sixth year, 2023 was a HUGE success and 2024 is set to be bigger and better than ever. 

We work with local, national and international talent to build a community of likeminded individuals to create a wonderful literary festival.
 

DERBY POETRY FESTIVAL 2024 DIGITAL WORKSHOP SERIES

Following the 2023 Festival and DPF poetry Prize, Derby Poetry Festival is excited to launch our 2024 workshop series, bringing together poetry and creative writing talent from across the country. This years workshop series is all digital and integrates different types of writing, exploring form, word play and prompts, ideal for established writers and those looking to develop their creative practice.

These two hour workshops will run monthly alternating between Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings, starting Thursday 22nd February. Workshops will be capped at 30 participants and we expect high interest so book now to avoid disappointment! 

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What's on?

  • 25 Apr 2024, 18:30 – 20:30
    Online Zoom Workshop
    Derby Poetry Festival is excited to launch our 2024 workshop series, bringing together poetry and creative writing talent from across the country. This year's workshop series is all digital and integrates different types of writing. This workshop will be lead by Andrew McMillan.
  • 27 Apr 2024, 11:00 – 15:00
    Bakewell, The Old Market Hall, Bridge St, Bakewell DE45 1DS, UK
    Derby Poetry Festival are excited to introduce a brand new project called ‘Write the Wilderness’. Walk 3: Bakewell Date: 27/04/24 Distance: 9k / 5.5 miles Time - 11 am - 3 pm (times may vary depending on group speed) Ability: Medium to hard Meeting point: Bakewell Visitor’s Centre, DE45 1DS
  • 05 May 2024, 13:00 – 15:00
    Foremark Reservoir Visitors Centre, Milton, Derby DE65 6EG, UK
    Derby Poetry Festival are excited to introduce ‘Write the Wilderness’. Walk 4: Foremark Reservoir Date: 05/05/24 Time - 1pm - 3pm Ability: Easy Meeting point: Foremark Reservoir Visitor’s Centre
  • 18 May 2024, 13:00 – 15:00
    Tucklesholme Nature Reserve Car Park, Barton-under-Needwood, Burton-on-Trent DE13 8EN, UK
    Derby Poetry Festival are excited to introduce ‘Write the Wilderness’. Walk 5: Tucklesholme Nature Reserve, Burton Upon Trent Date: 18/05/24 Distance: 2km / 1.3 miles Time - 1 pm - 3 pm Ability: Easy Meeting point: Tucklesholme Nature Reserve Car Park
  • 25 May 2024, 10:00 – 12:00
    Online Zoom Workshop
    Derby Poetry Festival is excited to launch our 2024 workshop series, bringing together poetry and creative writing talent from across the country. This year's workshop series is all digital and integrates different types of writing. This workshop will be lead by Rachel Long.
  • 20 Jun 2024, 18:30 – 20:30
    Derbyshire, Shining Cliff Woods, United Kingdom
    Derby Poetry Festival are excited to introduce ‘Write the Wilderness’. Walk 6: Summer Solstice Evening Walk Date: 20/06/24 Distance: 3 miles Time - 6.30pm - 8.30pm Ability: Easy Meeting point: Shining Cliff Woods Car Park
  • 20 Jun 2024, 18:30 – 20:30
    Online Zoom Workshop
    Derby Poetry Festival is excited to launch our 2024 workshop series, bringing together poetry and creative writing talent from across the country. This year's workshop series is all digital and integrates different types of writing. This workshop will be lead by Liz Berry.
  • 20 Jul 2024, 10:00 – 12:00
    Online Zoom Workshop
    Derby Poetry Festival is excited to launch our 2024 workshop series, bringing together poetry and creative writing talent from across the country. This year's workshop series is all digital and integrates different types of writing. This workshop will be lead by Yomi Sode.
  • 22 Aug 2024, 18:30 – 20:30
    Online Zoom Workshop
    Derby Poetry Festival is excited to launch our 2024 workshop series, bringing together poetry and creative writing talent from across the country. This year's workshop series is all digital and integrates different types of writing. This workshop will be lead by Vanessa Kisuule.
  • 21 Sept 2024, 10:00 – 12:00
    Online Zoom Workshop
    Derby Poetry Festival is excited to launch our 2024 workshop series, bringing together poetry and creative writing talent from across the country. This year's workshop series is all digital and integrates different types of writing. This workshop will be lead by Safiya Kamaria Kinshasa.
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BUILDING A COMMUNITY

Derby Poetry Festival is partnered with QUAD, Derby Theatre, DEDA, Derby Libraries and Derby Museums. We have access to resources and events that we want to share as we build our poetry community within Derbyshire.
We are always interested in finding and showcasing new talent, advertising events and providing resources. If you'd like to partner with us or are interested in providing us with resources, opportunities or hosting events, please get in touch via our contact form.

 

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