Poetry Symposium

The next Carlisle Poetry Symposium will be held on Saturday 24th November at Carlisle’s Phil & Lit society. Readings will begin at 11.00. There will be six ‘Featured Poets’ who will read during the day and a panel discussion on the state of poetry in Cumbria (and across the border); there are more than 20 open mic spaces that can be claimed on the day, too. There will also be a pop-up bookshop that will sell the work of anyone who wishes it. Last time the pop-up bookshop made £400 and that money went directly back to the poets.

There is no charge for the event at all. The idea is that people coming to the Symposium will want to buy poetry from the pop-up bookshop! The event will finish at 5 o’clock. We’re hoping to have a small after-event social somewhere nearby afterwards perhaps with some music (but watch this space about that!).

Venue Address

The Phil & Lit, Fisher Street Galleries, 18 Fisher Street, Carlisle, CA3 8RH.

Featured Poets

To give you an idea about the readers for November, the featured poets for the May 2018 Symposium were:

Josephine Dickinson (click here) , Jennifer Copley (click here), Annie Foster (click here), Mike Smith (click here), Vivien Jones (click here), Alan John Stubbs (click here) and Nick Pemberton (click here). We’re really honoured to have such a list at our first Symposium. Thanks, too, to the poets who we contacted who couldn’t make it this time, but who were keen to be involved next time. Each poet has a biography placed upon the blog and a couple of links for people to get a flavour of their work prior to the event.

Featured poets have been asked to put together a twenty minute ‘set’. After this there will be a short Q&A section with that poet.

Open mic Sections

Anyone and everyone is welcome to read. If you would like to read in the one of the open mic sections, then you can sign up at one of the ‘sign-up’ points during the day. Each open mic reader should read for no more than four minutes, so that we can fit in as much poetry as we can!

Pop-up Bookshop

Anyone can put their books and pamphlets up for sale on the pop-up bookshop. Please drop off your books before 11 o’ clock on the Saturday morning at the Phil & Lit . All books must include a slip of paper inside that clearly states a price for that pamphlet or book in whole pounds, the full title of the publication and the name of the author/payee. The funds will all be centrally held by the pop-up bookshop staff. At the end of the Symposium, the cash will be divided and all the total proceeds of each pamphlet or book will go to the poet concerned. Please be at the Phil & Lit at 4.45 to pick up your books and cash!