10th July: Carlisle Poetry Symposium

That’s right. Carlisle Poetry Symposium will return on 10th July. After two ‘rests’ we are raring to go. Our poets are all confirmed: more of them at a later time. What do you need to know? So, the day will function in a similar way to before – there’ll be ‘Featured Poets’ and lots of open mic slots that you can sign up for on the day. It’ll be at Tullie House. Start time to be confirmed, but we may kick off at 10. There will be the usual pop-up bookshop humaned by the wonderful Mike Smith. Details for this (and other basic details) can be found here: https://andyhopkinspoet.wordpress.com/poetry-symposium/. Thanks to anyone who offered some feedback on how things went last time – we’ll try to accommodate some of the tweaks. More to come on that. There are plans in the pipeline for the Symposium to develop and include workshops within the day – but that is to come. In preparation for this, we’re going to set up a series of online Saturday workshops running fortnightly up to the Symposium. There will be a charge for each of these. Each workshop will last three hours. None of the money will be kept by myself – it will all go to the Symposium’s running costs (because… believe it or not we are starting to incur some!). The event now has a bank account. As befits a bank account in the name of a poetry event – there’s precious little in it currently. The success of the Carlisle Poetry Symposium depends upon it being free – so this is one way of us supporting both the Symposium event and also the poetry of others.

You can hop across the site to the ‘Workshops’ page to find out more: https://andyhopkinspoet.wordpress.com/workshops/.

Booking for the online workshops will become available via this site. As I have said before, Tullie House may require us to book free tickets for the Symposium itself via their website. I hope that the difference makes sense. Anyhow: we’re off! Again.

(Thanks to Phil Hewitson for the pictures you can see in the gallery above – from the Symposium held in November 2019)


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