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12-14 AUGUST 2022


We are looking forward to welcoming you to the first ever Kirkby Lonsdale Poetry Festival, which will take place across six venues and one weekend (12-14 August 2022). It is run by a volunteer team of students, poets, local businesses and community organisers, and is funded by The Christopher Robins Charitable Trust.


  • Make poetry as fun and accessible as possible.

  • Celebrate the town’s poetic history.

  • Educate about poetry and support emerging writers.

  • Highlight the importance of poetry for activism

  • Champion both classical and new writing.



We believe that the best classical poetry is still relevant today, and that some of the best works written today engage with classical poetry. As a result, we’ve designed a vibrant programme to celebrate our collective literary heritage.

This section includes workshops, poetry readings, plays, flashmobs, and a historical trail with actors in costumes. All Heritage events are free.


Grassroots is at the heart and soul of our festival. These are volunteer-run events designed to bring poetry to life and support local and emerging talent. 

This section includes our open mic, workshops, typewriter busking, our poetry competition, writing surgeries, a young poets showcase, a story vault, poetry with Kirkby’s elderly, and a line up of intimate readings by local poets in our bookshop.  All grassroots events are free.


Poetry today is as exciting as it has ever been. Through free and ticketed events, and a diverse and engaging lineup of nationally-acclaimed talent, we will be exploring the question of how poetry can make change in our society.

This section includes poetry readings and a panel discussion.


The Creative Kids Hub will be for children aged 4-12 and is intended to make poetry fun and accessible to younger minds. We will be providing activities and resources to bring the children closer to nature and poetry including bringing in special performers. There will be a registered First Aider as well as drinks and light snacks. Who knows, maybe the next Wordsworth might wander into our yurt.



Kirkby Lonsdale is a small, picturesque town nestled between the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the Lake District National Park. It has inspired the writing of Wordsworth and Ruskin, the painting of Turner, and is just down the road from where the Brontës used to live. Visitors have been coming for decades for its independent shops, quality restaurants, walking opportunities and festivals. Many also choose to have a swim in the River Lune, down by Devil’s Bridge.


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