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5 Years of Derby Poetry Festival

We are delighted to announce that we have been successful in securing project grant funding from Arts Council England to support Derby Poetry Festival as we enter our 5th year.

After 5 years of Derby Poetry Festival we have decided it was an exciting stage to upscale the festival applying to Arts Council England to fund the programme including Artist Developments and new activities for Young People. With Sophie Sparham and Aoife O’Connor taking over as Co-Directors and Trevor Wright, Founder & previous director stepping into a consulting role, it felt like the right time to expand.

The project grant from Arts Council England will help deliver a cohesive festival with new freelancing roles and help us to continue supporting the poets and writers in Derby and surrounding areas during 2023.

The grant, paired with the partnership from local organisations and funding from Derby City Council will allow us to host our annual 4 day festival, provide paid opportunities for local writers and support our core costs.

We can’t wait to announce the full plan for this year and please keep your eyes peeled for the first call out coming soon. We are looking forward to hosting workshops, commissions, open mics, Slams, the annual festival and a new youth project.

About 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 in the autumn. We are dedicated to developing new writing talent in Derby and bring excellent work to the city.

Previous headliners include: Linton Quasi Johnson, recent T S Elliott winner Joelle Taylor and Shivanee Ramlochan.

We host a range of performances, workshops, slams and panel discussions for all ages in partnership with many venues in the city including: Quad, Derby Museums, Derby Theatre and Derby Libraries. Supported by Arts Council England and Derby City Council.



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