Poetry festival

There is a great deal on offer at this years Poetry-next-the-Sea - Wells Poetry Festival, which starts tomorrow (Friday, May 2) and continues to Sunday (May 4)Actor Roger Lloyd Pack will be giving his Desert Island Choice as well as a Poetry Sandwich, an open floor event including the announcement of the winners of the festival's first open poetry competition, supported by Norfolk County Council.

There is a great deal on offer at this years Poetry-next-the-Sea - Wells Poetry Festival, which starts tomorrow (Friday, May 2) and continues to Sunday (May 4)

Actor Roger Lloyd Pack will be giving his Desert Island Choice as well as a Poetry Sandwich, an open floor event including the announcement of the winners of the festival's first open poetry competition, supported by Norfolk County Council.

There will also be readings from local school's and the culmination of the annual school's poetry competition as well as workshops focussing on writing, voice and art and an event exploring how to get your poetry into print.

Caroline Gilfillan, chairman of the festival committee, said: "We have a diverse and exciting programme this year which will appeal to both experienced poetry fans and those who are just curious to revisit poetry for the first time since their school days. We look forward to welcoming many people to Wells during our busy weekend."


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Among the events are:Tomorrow (Friday, May 2,) 7.30pm, £9, Desert Island Choice with Roger Lloyd Pack and Dame Gillian Beer at The Maltings. Local actor Roger Lloyd Pack chooses and reads the ten poems he would take to console him on a desert island, and discusses his choices with Dame Gillian Beer.

Saturday, May 3, 9.30am, £2 or £5 for a family group (up to four), Schools Reading with Anne Osbourn at The Maltings. The meeting point of poetry and science has been the fascinating focus for students from primary schools in Wells, Burnham Market, Hindringham, Walsingham, Langham and Blakeney, and year seven Alderman Peel High School. Anne Osbourn, poet and microbiologist, has led workshops with students and staff. She will introduce the winning poets and present this year's Helen Flanagan Trophy.

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Saturday, May 3, 1pm, £5, Poetry Sandwich Open Floor Event at The Maltings hosted by Graham Ashworth. All welcome to read their own work; also the winner and runners-up of the 2008 Poetry-next-the-Sea Open Poetry Competition, judged by Martin Figura will be announced.

Sandwich lunch included in the price.

Sunday, May 4, 11am, £6, East Anglian Voices, Poetry Brunch with Martin Figura and Will Stone. Jo Kjaer, winner of the first Norwich Cafe Writers Commission, and runners-up Rod Kerr and Gillian Daly, will also be featured. Brunch snacks included in the price.

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