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Words and Voices: Poetry in the City - from the University of Warwick's #ResonateFestival

Come and join us at the Assembly Festival Garden, Coventry on the 5th of September for two exciting events. In the afternoon, our ‘Poetry in the City’ workshop up in the Treehouse (4-7pm) will explore the poetry of Coventry, bringing together local poets with staff and students from the University of Warwick in a relaxed, workshop style session. Hear about George Eliot’s poems about the Coventry canal, listen to Cathy Galvin’s ode to the Coventry ring road, explore eco-poetry and get acquainted with new poetry specially written for this event and for City of Culture. This event is suitable for poets (and the poetry-curious) of all ages, and people are welcome to come and go as they please throughout the session. Great for those studying and writing poetry, as well as people interested in the city's history and its environments, and for people who love reading and listening to poetry too! The event is free and there's no need to book, just click the link here.

In the evening at our ‘Poetry Slam in the City’ on the Piccolo stage, our staff and student poets will present their own work and we’ll get a sneak preview of some of the poets from the BBC’s Contains Strong Language poetry festival (which takes place later in the month). Alongside poetry performance, we’ll hear about the exciting work on poets and poems that staff at the University of Warwick have been doing, asking questions such as ‘Can poetry empower and bring communities together?’ and ‘How does poetry come to the fore at important moments in history?’. This lively evening of words and voices in the setting of a Victorian sideshow-style theatre is really not to be missed! The event is free but booking is advised, just click the link here.

Everyone attending both of our free events will receive a limited edition ‘Poetry Pocket’, being produced by our friends at Theatre Absolute, full of goodies to encourage everyone to give poetry writing a go. You can submit the poems you create through your Poetry Pocket to the Words and Voices poetry writing competition, to be awarded later in the autumn.

Take a closer look at the details and timings for each of these events by clicking here!