Two FREE films screened beneath Bridgnorth Town Hall on Thursday December 20th
6:15pm Home Alone
Alongside #ThinkBridgnorth Late Night Christmas Shopping
Please wrap up warm as it’s likely to be cold and bring something to sit on. We won’t be able to get straw bales this year so it’s important that you bring something comfortable to sit on beneath the town hall.
We’ve had an absolute blast this year, our 13th festival since we began in 2006. So many amazing performers, poets, our outdoor film screenings; fantastic venues all around the town involved too, some new and some long established.
A huge thank you to everyone involved, performers, our local business sponsors, venues and volunteers, way too numerous to name them all, and of course an especially big thank you to everyone who came along to support us. It was fantastic to have Emma from Bridgnorth Library and Poetry on Loan involved this year. We’ve had the odd poetry event most years but poetry came back to the festival in a big way this year, long may it continue. Our press has been fantastic this year too, many thanks to Liz Roseblade.
You’ll have noticed lots of great photos being shared during the festival as well, courtesy of the very talented Ruskin Roader, Glynis Madden and Andy Darby. a selection from all three shown here.
What can we do differently for 2019? What would YOU like to see happen during our August 2019 festival and how can you help us make that happen? Get in touch via our Contact Page and let us know?
Fantastic music, art, film, poetry and much more was held all around the area from Friday August 17th to bank holiday Monday August 27th in 2018
Keep checking back, we’ll be posting reviews from 2018 here soon, plus our performer registration form, maybe you’d like to get involved for 2019, let us know?
When the festival began we were entirely grant funded, but as the years rolled by funding for the arts became more difficult to come by, to the point where we are now almost entirely supported by local business sponsorship.
We love our sponsors, without them our festival couldn’t go ahead and we certainly couldn’t run our free events without them.
A special mention should go out to our partners The Friars, The George and Marston’s Brewery, long standing partners and supporters of the festival.
Many thanks also to
Gold sponsors Bamboo Wine Bar and Budgen Motors
Silver Sponsors Bassa Villa and Bridgnorth Kitchens
Bronze Sponsors The Six ashes and the Bear
Please make sure you support them when you get chance
We would also like to thank our “in kind” sponsors for their generous and helpful support: Bridgnorth Council (Quayside use, Gazebos, road barriers); Add Heat (cinema scaffolding) Veolia (recycling bins) & WTR (Van Hire) Also Poetry on Loan & Shropshire Libraries for funding The Book of Job performance.
This year we’re not just showing one film we’re showing TWO FREE Outdoor Films, at the Edgar Davies Ground (Bridgnorth Rugby Club, next door to Severn Park), outdoors weather willing or in the marquee if the weather is poor.
The Greatest Showman Sing-a-long is being shown around 8:00pm on Sunday August 26th
WALL-E is screened around 8:00pm on bank holiday Monday August 27th
Screening times might vary, depending on the amount of light on the night. As soon as it begins to get dark the film can start, be prepared for it to finish late.
There’s no seating available so bring chairs, cushions and wear clothing appropriate for the weather, especially if a cold evening is forecast.
Food and drink will be available on the night, please support the Rugby club and don’t bring your own drinks.
Poetry Night: Monday 20 August @ The Shakespeare from 7pm – 9.30pm.
In partnership with the Bridgnorth Writers group. A night of poetry, short stories & song.
The Bridgnorth Writers’ Group is a varied collection of writers which meets once a month to share and talk about members’ work. It is a popular and successful group for writers at all levels of experience and in all genres. www.bridgnorthwriters.org
Guest Performers Emma Purshouse & Steve Pottinger!
“Emma Purshouse is a performance poet from the Black Country. She performs her work the length and breadth of the country, and is a poetry slam champion. She writes for children and adults. In 2016 her children’s poetry collection won the Rubery Book Award for poetry. In 2017 she won the ‘Making Waves’ international spoken word poetry competition judged by Luke Wright.
“A whirlwind of wit and humour” – Write Out Loud Review
“Tremendous performance” – Alison Brackenbury
“Emma Purshouse provides a brain-stimulating and spine-tingling performance” Isis Sky for Arts Award Voice Magazine.
“Bubbling with wisdom and silliness” AF Harrold”
Steve has gigged up and down the country, taking his irreverent, comic, and political poetry to pubs, clubs, and festivals, entertaining audiences from Orkney to Penzance. Expect poems on subjects from the personal right through to the global, with a wild detour via outrageous dreaming.
‘Warm, questioning, and compelling. A treat of a performer.’
Buxton Spoken Words.
‘In a world crowded with hype, doubt, and egoism he speaks up for humanity.’
1000 Monkeys. Guildford.
‘Accessible, intelligent, funny. Book Steve.’
The Green Gathering.
Flocks of Words – Whalebone and Kate Innes
Wednesday 22nd August, 1pm to 1.45pm
Poetry and Music at Bridgnorth Library
A collaboration between award-winning acoustic trio Whalebone and award-winning poet and author Kate Innes. Flock of Words is an immersive, hypnotic blend of music and poetry exploring landscape and the human soul.
FREE Event, Drop-in, no need to book.
Illustration and Poetry with Mark Bardsley
Friday 24th August, 10.30am to 12 noon, for 7 to 11 year olds
At Bridgnorth Library
Funny poetry and live drawing session with Poet and Illustrator Mark Bardsley. Including a book signing session where you can purchase Mark’s new book, Crazy Animal Poems.
FREE Event. Booking Essential
‘The Book of Job: The Musical!’ at the Quayside, Monday 27th August (5pm – 7pm)
Brought to us through Poetry on Loan & Shropshire Libraries and the headline act at this year’s Quayside.
Rock ‘n’ Roll! Death! Theology!
All are present and correct in this rollicking blend of show tunes, Thomas Aquinas, and the kind of experience you’d expect from a west end show about a biblical character whose name begins with a ‘J’. The Book of Job: The Musical! is a comic tour de force that has Sold Out houses at The Cheltenham Literature Festival, Brighton’s Komedia, Trinity College Cambridge, Brighton Festival Fringe, London’s Barons Court Theatre, Edinburgh Festival’s Green Room Venue and venues across the country, garnering standing ovations and acclaim wherever it is seen.
The musical re-tells the biblical story of Job – that of a righteous and godly man royally screwed over by God for no particular reason – in an inspired blend of Andrew Lloyd Webber-style showtunes, dense liturgical theology and knockabout Monty Python-esque comedy.