Poetry Voices

Poetry Voices

Warwickshire Poetry Voices is a participatory project designed to encourage the reading, reciting and performance of poetry (whether this is just to friends or/and family or as part of a public event).

The project aims to provide children, young people and adults living in Warwickshire, with the opportunity to develop performance skills and the confidence to perform a wide range of classic and contemporary poetry. Through a series of workshops and events over the course of the year, participants have the opportunity to take part in sharing events and public performances where they can enjoy, share and promote poetry across Warwickshire.

Please visit the News and Events section to view details about our upcoming events and the different workshop programmes that you could get involved in.



Warwickshire Young Poet Laureate

Young Poet Laureate 2017 has been awarded to Emily Stephens

Young Poet Laureate 2017Emily was selected from a shortlist of high-calibre candidates during a finals day on 21st January where each candidate was interviewed and had to perform to an audience at Rugby Library. The Laureate for 2016, Harry Jenkins, handed over the baton to Emily at Warwick Library.

Applications are open for Young Poet Laureate 2018.

Are you aged 13 – 17?  Would you like to develop your poetry writing skills?  Could you perform to audiences?

Warwickshire Young Poet Laureate – more about the role and application form.

New Poetry Voices workshop programmes


Warwickshire Poetry Voices is delighted to be launching three new self-guided workshop programmes this autumn at Atherstone, Coleshill, and Rugby Libraries.

These brand new six-month workshop programmes are open to all Warwickshire residents (aged 13 and above), with the invitation to spend time in a local library discussing, reading and performing a wide range of published poetry.

The three programmes will take place in Atherstone, Coleshill, and Rugby Libraries, and each month group members will explore the work of one poet whose collections can be found in the library catalogues. Classic and contemporary poets such as Thomas Hardy, Maya Angelou and local West Midlands poet Liz Berry all feature in the upcoming programmes, providing participants with a broad range of poetry to explore. Each programme will also conclude with an exciting live performance event in the library featuring workshop members.

Workshops will be FREE to attend and will start from September 2016 running until Spring 2017. Come and meet new people, learn new skills and read, discuss and perform poetry in a relaxed, supportive and friendly environment. No experience necessary.

Limited places are available. To register for these FREE workshops, please book your place:

Atherstone (10am – 12noon)

  • Saturday 12th November
  • Saturday 10th December
  • Saturday 14th January
  • Saturday 11th February
  • Saturday 11th March
  • Saturday 8th April (Performance event)

Book your place at Atherstone library

Coleshill (10am – 12noon)

  • Saturday 1st October
  • Saturday 5th November
  • Saturday 3rd December
  • Saturday 7th January
  • Saturday 4th February
  • Saturday 4th March (Performance event)

Book your place at Coleshill library

Rugby (10am – 12noon)

  • Saturday 17th September
  • Saturday 15th October
  • Saturday 19th November
  • Saturday 21st January
  • Saturday 18th February
  • Saturday 18th March (Performance event)

Book your place at Rugby library

For further information, please email angelaedwards@warwickshire.gov.uk or call Rugby, Coleshill or Atherstone Library on 0300 555 8171.


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