WINCHESTER’S resident 'Poet on the High Street' is to hold free online workshops.

Every Monday evening throughout September, Jonny Fluffypunk plans to "re-map the city though words".

On September 18 and 19 he will hold a performative walk around the city, nodding at the hidden histories as a part of Heritage Open Days.

Jane Bryant, chairman of the Poetry Festival, said: “The challenges of the pandemic meant we had to think differently about how we were going to provide a festival this year and we know that a hybrid approach of online and real-world activity would give us the best chance of reaching the widest possible audience.

“We are delighted with how the Festival has been enjoyed by people, especially those in other countries who may not have been able to experience what we have to offer in the past. We’ve had attendees from Israel, India, America and Canada, which is really wonderful.

“As the summer draws to a close, our attentions will turn to our live festival weekend in Winchester in October. But until then, we hope people enjoy the online events still to come.”

Other upcoming events include a poetry reading group with Hampshire's Kathryn Bevis on the theme of sleep (Friday September 10); and a workshop with Andrew McMillan, and performances from Ben Bransfield, Shash Trevett, Isabelle Baafi’s Ignition and Nicki Heinen (Saturday September 11).

In June, the Festival announced a ‘stretched’ festival for 2021 comprising a five-month programme.

The events have been very well received with many of them selling out.

Winchester Poetry Festival will take place from October 8 to 10 at the Discovery Centre.

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