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Zephaniah leads line up for 2013 Wenlock Poetry Festival

  • Date: 28 March 2013
  • Area: Midlands
Benjamin Zephaniah

Benjamin Zephaniah. Credit: Wenlock Poetry Festival

Performance poet and musician Benjamin Zephaniah is amongst 30 top names confirmed in the line-up for the fourth Wenlock Poetry Festival, taking place in Much Wenlock from Friday 5 – Sunday 7 April.

The weekend is packed with high calibre performers including Frieda Hughes, Pascale Petit and Carol Ann Duffy with Imtiaz Dharker and Sean Borodale and Owen Sheers, Welsh poet and artist in residence for the Welsh Rugby Union.

British Poet, Ian McMillan, will return to the Festival with his prize-winning poet son, Andrew, for a performance titled Talking Myself Home on Friday 5 April, promising audiences an evening of ‘words, stories, glee and delight’. Ian won’t decide what he’s going to perform until he’s met the audience on the night, but it’s fair to expect plenty of interactivity and improvisation, with an undeniably comic twist.

Also appearing are Martin Bell, ‘The Man in the White Suit’, who says that the writing of ‘dodgy verses’ has redirected his life. Martin Bell, Icon of BBC war reporting, will be appearing at the Festival with a reading from his new book For Whom the Bell Tolls on Saturday 6 April. Bell draws on colourful episodes from his own life and work, covering several decades as the raw material for his verse.

Antonia Beck, Producer of Wenlock Poetry Festival said “Our 2013 programme demonstrates our passion and ambition as we take leaps and bounds towards establishing ourselves as one of the most exciting and dynamic poetry festivals in the UK.”

Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate and founding patron said “Much Wenlock is the perfect place for poetry’ - and we prove it!”

The Festival will also target Children with a series of fun events and workshops. Kit Wright, author of The Magic Box, will be judging the children’s poetry competition as well as reading.

For more information and to book tickets please click here.