Poetry Workshop 1: Queer Nature with Simon Maddrell. Explore the non-binary world of Nature including Alpha Females where you least expect them, fish that change sex, and lizards that don't need males to reproduce. Nature facts and eco-poems will act as prompts for your own poetic journey.
Poetry Workshop 2: Poetry & Place with Simon Maddrell. Explore poetry that uses the specifics of place - sonnets that turn into being 'about' something else or poems that may be a metaphor for something greater. Simon will also take you through some exercises to create prompts and ideas for a new poem.
Join us for an evening of literary hilarity as teams compete to win the famous Book Fanatics’ Quiz Night Shield. This is always a popular event, with spot prizes up for grabs throughout the night, so be sure to choose your team and book your tickets in good time. Ideally, each team should have a maximum of six people - so if you’re part of a larger group, consider adding to the competitive frisson by splitting into two teams! Several of our visiting authors will be there, as usual, so it will be a great opportunity to meet them before the festival really kicks off, and buy copies of their books from the Bridge Bookshop’s pop-up stall.