WINCHESTER Poetry Festival is well underway with its busy line-up of events.

The in-person festival is back at The Arc from Friday, October 13 to Sunday, October 15 but some of the fringe events have already started.

Festival goers are being urged to book in advance with some events having sold out.

The theme of ‘languages of the UK’ will be explored in-depth at the Friday and Sunday headline performances. Both of these events have been curated by the artistic director Clare Pollard, and can be accessed online or in-person. They are BSL interpreted.

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Friday headline - BBC Radio 4 Poet In Residence Daljit Nagra reads from his new collection 'Indiom'. He will be joined onstage by award-winning Welsh poet and playwright Menna Elfyn. To complete the trio, there will be sci-fi verse novelist and performance poet Harry Josephine Giles.

Sunday headline – This year’s Winchester Poetry Prize judge Zaffar Kunial takes the stage. Visitors will be able to hear the landscape, language and ecology of the isles of Britain and Ireland from Matthew Hollis. They will be joined by previous Hampshire Poet and Forward Prize 2023 shortlisted Kathryn Bevis.

Zaffar Kunial will then present the poetry prize at 2pm, with the winner receiving £1,000.

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