Welcome to Gloucester Poetry Festival 2021! It’s been a time of upheaval and change all over with the dreaded P word continuing to distort the way we live and with politics in the UK has had a drastic effect on how everyone here has interacted and engaged with each other. As such, it was felt that there was a need for introspection and as result we have themed this years festival on Reflection to stand still amongst all the colourful noise.

This year we give thanks and are grateful to include at our on-line festival:

The Pandemic Poetry Anthology

Blue Diode Publishing

Salt Publishing

Seren Books

The Hedgehog Press

Green Bottle Press

Poets for the Planet

Black Rabbit Press

Arachne Press

Plus events with individual poets too. To view an overview of the events and book you free tickets to any of them click here:-

Gloucester Poetry Festival 2021 (on-line)

If you want to print the programme then click here:-

GPF Programme

The GPF 2021 Brochure is available here:-


We are excited to bring poetry to you this year in your homes and it just leaves me to thank Marcelle Newbold, Jason Conway and Charlie Markwick for their assistance to make this festival happen, because together we are stronger and can do more in the name of art.

So, wherever you are join us on-line to experience dynamic poetry and be inspired.

Pandemic Poetry Anthology

You can order a copy of the Pandemic Poetry Anthology here:

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Join the Revolution

If you’re a published poet, leading spoken word artist, local poet or amateur writer, we’d love to hear from you. Each year we carefully select poets to feature at our events and we are always looking out for new talent and new names to join us.


When The Gloucestershire Poetry Society was founded it became a success over night. Poets came out of every darkened shadow with the hope of sharing their work. They were overjoyed with opportunities to share but something was missing. A stage, a platform, that everyone could get behind. Something ostentatious and different. Something that would show the world how prolific Gloucester is for creative writing and performance.

There are fantastic local events but they are specialist. So, the Gloucestershire Poetry Society determined that they would honour the amazing poetry being created in Gloucester and build upon local events. The Gloucestershire Poetry Society has set out to do what has never been done before, create an international platform for poets to perform and an opportunity for all poets of every level to be involved.

The Gloucester Poetry Festival was created by The Gloucestershire Poetry Society soon after and plans were made to create a staging ground for spoken word artists and page poets to perform. Everyone pulled together as a team. In keeping with the ethos of the Gloucestershire Poetry Society, all are welcome.

Ziggy Dicks, the ‘Gloucestershire Poet Laureate’ became the Director of the Gloucester Poetry Festival in October 2016 and the festival is now set to become a major attraction for poets and spoken word artists across the UK.


Get in touch if you’d like to know more about the festival, want to join us or have any questions about our events and opportunities. We’d love to hear your ideas too!