Poetry at the Festival 2018

Poetry at the Festival 2018

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
“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 Pottinger
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.

Flocks of Words - Kate and Whalebone

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.