User Date: Theatre

Nonsense Room Productions bring you a brand new interactive musical show for all the family. But in this show – YOU CHOOSE what happens!

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User Date: Comedy

Comedy

PETE FIRMAN – BAG OF TRICKS

3rd April 2021

You’ve seen him on television, now experience his trademark blend of laugh-out-loud comedy and jaw-dropping magic live on stage.

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Comedy

Comedy Club 4 Kids

1st May 2021

Since 2005, the Comedy Club 4 Kids has been getting the best stand-ups and sketch acts from the international circuit to do their thing for an audience of children and their families… but without the rude bits!

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Following his last smash-hit UK tour and direct from this year’s Edinburgh festival Tom is back on the road with a brand-new show.

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“He’s blessed with the sort of laid-back charm and sharp turn of phrase you can’t manufacture” **** Daily Telegraph

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Comedy

Rob Newman’s Philosophy Show

23rd September 2021

In this all-new show, multi-award winning stand-up comic Rob Newman weaves together Nietzsche’s sunglasses, James Bond in Toxteth, electric spiders and singing Neanderthals into a hilarious tour-de-force that offers new hopes for a changing world.

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Comedy

Jimeoin: Turn It Up

7th October 2021

It’s a great fun night out so don’t miss your chance to see the award-winning star of TV shows including ‘Live at the Apollo’, ‘Conan’, ‘Royal Variety Performance’ and ‘Sunday Night at the Palladium’ – Live!

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Comedy

Tez Ilyas: Populist

13th October 2021

Join Tez as he uses his trademark silly, smart and subversive approach to pit ordinary people against the establishment

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User Date: Literature

Literature

Verbalise – January 2021

30th January 2021

A night for spoken word artists, novelists, storytellers, comedians and anyone with something to say.

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Rebecca Stephens is the First British Woman to climb Mt Everest and the Seven Summits

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User Date: Festivals

What happens when we let different voices into our writing? What do they say, how do they say it, and what imaginative worlds do they open up? How do these voices stir up the dynamics of a piece of writing, or invigorate it?

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Our Festival Pass, costing £60 gives you access to all of our readings, discussions and open mic events taking place over the nine days of the festival (excludes workshops). 

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Festivals

Kpf21 – Festival Launch

19th February 2021

Everyone is welcome to the Festival Launch. Although this year we can’t provide the wine, feel free to bring your own! The festival will be officially opened by Michael McGregor, Director of the Wordsworth Trust, and will feature performances from our Young Poet in Residence Heather Hughes and our Young Musician in Residence Paddy Davies.

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Moniza Alvi’s eight collections include The Country at My Shoulder (OUP, 1993) shortlisted for the Whitbread and the T.S. Eliot poetry prizes and At the Time of Partition (Bloodaxe, 2013) also shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. Her latest collection is Blackbird, Bye Bye, a beautifully tender exploration of the world and our place in it. Roger Robinson will be reading from his fourth collection A Portable Paradise which won the T.S Eliot Prize.

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Join one of the directors of Kendal Poetry Festival for an early morning Writing Hour, to run every day the festival is live. You will be given a simple prompt and then we will all write together for one hour. No excuses, no interruptions!

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Join Ann and Peter – described by Poet Laureate Simon Armitage as  ‘the most astute and effective tutors in the UK’ – to read brilliant new poems and to write your own in this intensive and enjoyable workshop. 

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Join us to read and discuss The Celox and the Clot by Hafsah Aneela Bashir, along with other contemporary poets. Facilitated by Read Regional, this workshop is friendly, supportive and open to all.

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Hafsah Aneela Bashir is an award winning writer and performance poet who will be reading from her debut collection, The Celox and the Clot (Burning Eye Books, 2018) – described as ‘a startling, bold debut from a voice that needs to be heard in contemporary poetry’ (Helen Mort).

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Festivals

Kpf21 – An Afternoon With Jackie Hagan

20th February 2021

In “This is Not a Safe Space”, disabled poet, performer and theatre maker Jackie Hagan explores the world of life on disability benefits with her trademark warmth and wit. The show features the voices of people disabled by society. Full of spiky humour and pride, these are definitely not sob stories.

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Fiona Benson’s latest collection Vertigo and Ghost (Jonathan Cape, 2019) won the Forward Prize for Best Collection and the Roehampton Poetry Prize and was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize. Her latest work draws on Greek mythology to explore sexual violence, as well as exploring intimate domestic life.

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Festivals

Kpf21 – Late Night Open Mic With Ann Grant

20th February 2021

Ann Grant returns for a second instalment of the Late Night Open Mic. Come and take part – or just listen – to a variety of voices in a high energy and fun event. Email annthepoet@gmail.com with ‘Kendal Poetry Festival’ in the title.

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Join the one of the directors of Kendal Poetry Festival every morning for an early morning Writing Hour.

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The blank page is a field of possibilities. But, let’s face it, it’s intimidating.

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Join us for a celebration reading from this wonderful anthology.

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Festivals

Kpf21 – Afternoon Tea With Brewery Poets

21st February 2021

Kendal’s Brewery Poets have been meeting for over thirty years and are the driving force behind the Kendal Poetry Festival.

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Vahni Capildeo’s seven books and five pamphlets extend from prose poetry into immersive theatre. 

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Join one of the directors of Kendal Poetry Festival every morning for an early morning Writing Hour.

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Manchester-based poet, playwright and performer, Hafsah Aneela Bashir, is the founder of the Poetry Health Service (PHS) – a free online creative service, established in July 2020, to offer contemporary poetry as a tool for connection and healing.

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Festivals

Kpf21 – Not Dying With Jamie Hale

22nd February 2021

A solo show featuring poetry, monologue, spoken word, and comedy – explores what it means to face death, and to look at life instead.

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Abeer Ameer will be joining us from Cardiff to read from her eagerly awaited first collection Inhale/Exhile, published by Seren. 

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Join one of the directors of Kendal Poetry Festival every morning for an early morning Writing Hour.

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The art of listening to poetry – not just reading it or reading about it – helps writers make memorable work.

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Festivals

Kpf21 – Sanatorium With Abi Palmer

23rd February 2021

Join Abi Palmer for a live performance of Sanatorium, scored with haunting, dreamlike film. 

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Andrew McMillan and his special guest Michael Symmons Roberts will discuss RANSOM, Michael’s eighth collection of poetry.

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Join one of the directors of Kendal Poetry Festival every morning for an early morning Writing Hour.

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Join Ann and Peter – described by Poet Laureate Simon Armitage as ‘the most astute and effective tutors in the UK’ – to read brilliant new poems and to write your own in this intensive and enjoyable workshop.

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Festivals

Kpf21 – 100 Poems To Save The Planet

24th February 2021

Join editors Zoë Brigley Thompson and Kristian Evans for a celebratory reading from this life-affirming anthology, due to be published in Spring 2021.

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Romalyn Ante has blogged about the parallels between the art of writing poetry and being a nurse – how both of these activities ask that the practitioner really listens and pays attention. 

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Join one of the directors of Kendal Poetry Festival every morning for an early morning Writing Hour.

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A match. A musty flask. A mosquito. Poetry is an art uniquely suited to honour all that is small, easily forgotten, taken for granted or deemed insignificant.

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Jonathan Davidson’s newly published collection, A Commonplace (Smith|Doorstop 2020), is unusual in containing not only his own work but also ‘guest poems’ by nearly a dozen other poets, including Mick North, Catherine Byron and Jackie Kay.

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Hannah Hodgson is one of Cumbria’s rising stars and our top tip for a poet to keep an eye on!  She will be reading from her brand-new pamphlet Where I’d Watch Plastic Trees Not Grow, published by Verve Press. Andrew McMillan is one of our best-loved contemporary poets and a firm favourite here in Cumbria.

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Join one of the directors of Kendal Poetry Festival every morning for an early morning Writing Hour. You will be given a simple prompt and then we will all write together for one hour. No excuses, no interruptions!

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Join us for a writing workshop with the wonderful poet Carolyn Forche.

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How can we as organisations and individuals respond to the challenge of producing live literature events under the shadow of a public health pandemic? This will be a round table discussion to share best practice, ideas and creativity on how we can all utilize digital platforms to widen accessibility, connect communities and push the boundaries of poetry, performance and creativity.

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Ian Humphrey’s first full-length collection Zebra (Nine Arches, 2019) takes in 1980’s gay culture and his multi-racial heritage. His poetry is playful, risk-taking and exuberant, moving between city and country, between grief and love. Alison Brackenbury is a regular attendee of Kendal Poetry Festival and joins us to read from her Selected Poems Gallop (Carcanet, 2019).

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Join one of the directors of Kendal Poetry Festival every morning for an early morning Writing Hour.

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In the past year, it’s really been brought home to us how notional our sense of our own control over our lives can feel. For many, it’s also been a hard time to imagine the future – this workshop is my prescription!

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The Poetry Business New Poets Pamphlets Competition is one of the most prestigious and exciting competition for young poets. Come and celebrate with three of 2020’s winners! Lauren Hollingsworth-Smith will read from Ugly Bird.

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Mary Jean Chan’s first full-length collection Flèche (Faber and Faber 2019) was shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards for Poetry. Chan’s work explores themes of multilingualism, queerness, psychoanalysis and the complexities of maternal relationships. Karen Solie’s fifth collection of poetry, The Caiplie Caves (Picador, 2019) was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize.

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Festivals

Kpf21 – Late Night Open Mic With Ann Grant

27th February 2021

Ann Grant returns with the Late Night Open Mic – a festival favourite.

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Join one of the directors of Kendal Poetry Festival every morning for an early morning Writing Hour.

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During this workshop we will look at how we might use ballet and contemporary dance to inspire new and arresting poems.

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Festivals

Kpf21 – Ludokinetic Poetry With Jon Stone

28th February 2021

Jon Stone discusses and performs ludokinetic poems – poems that involve the reader through mechanisms of play.

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The Staying Alive series of Bloodaxe anthologies –  Staying Alive (2002), Being Alive (2004), Being Human (2011) and Staying Human (2020) – have been a huge presence in the British poetry scene for almost two decades.

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Vicki Feaver will be reading from her much anticipated fourth collection I Want! I Want! (Jonathan Cape, 2020). 

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User Date: Music

Music

The Wandering Hearts

18th March 2021

Harmony-laden Americana band The Wandering Hearts burst onto the scene last year with their debut album Wild Silence.

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Martin Taylor & Martin Simpson

19th March 2021

An unmissable evening with two guitar playing legends working in harmony

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Gnoss

8th April 2021

A dynamic four-piece of fiddle, flute, guitar and percussion, Gnoss tackle energetic tune sets and driving folk song with a ‘maturity of ability many of a greater age will envy’.

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Joanne Shaw Taylor

9th April 2021

Six albums in, Joanne Shaw Taylor has nothing to prove, but plenty to say.

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Music

Smoove & Turrell

16th April 2021

The story of Smoove & Turrell began in the post-millennium North East of England with a group of working-class lads and a shared passion for soul.

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Music

Tim Burgess

20th April 2021

Tim Burgess is lead singer of one of the defining bands of the ’90s, The Charlatans.

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Music

Mary Coughlan

21st April 2021

Mary Coughlan is one of Ireland’s greatest female jazz and blues singers, a true artist who has carved out a highly regarded career and a legion of devoted fans worldwide.

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The Sharon Shannon Quartet

1st May 2021

Sharon Shannon is a musician who continues to surprise. While she is known for her arrangements of traditional Irish tunes and Irish-influenced compositions, she has always been eager to explore new styles, and to meet and work with other musicians.

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What was Philadelphia’s loss is Manchester’s gain, with the inimitable force behind BC Camplight, Brian Christinzio.

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Music

Cara Dillon

12th June 2021

Cara Dillon, the multi-award winning Northern Irish singer, returns this Autumn to perform some of her favourite and most popular songs along with her band.

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Less tribute and more homage, Nearly Dan is saviour to the growing legions of Dan fans, desperate to hear the meticulously crafted grooves and allusive lyrical style of Donald Fagen & Walter Becker

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Music

Mystery Jets

2nd July 2021

Mystery Jets are an English indie rock band, formerly based on Eel Pie Island in Twickenham, London.

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British Indie outfit The Rifles rose to popularity in the mid-2000s with their swaggering, jaunty garage rock & roll sound.

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Music

An Evening With Mark Radcliffe Ft. Une

9th September 2021

Join BBC 6 Music and Radio 2 broadcaster, musician and author Mark Radcliffe and electronica tech-head Paul Langley as they present electronic music spanning many styles with a plaintive lonely voice at its heart.

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For one night only, St Johns Hospice Choir and Fellside singers come together for a beautiful evening of contemporary choir music in aid of St Johns Hospice.

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Music

Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening

21st October 2021

Musicians from Northumberland, Scotland and England invoke the dark, powerful, shamanic sounds of Ancient Northumbria and broadcast them to the modern world.

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Music

Henge (family Matinee Show)

23rd October 2021

Attention Earth!… Do not be alarmed…. Contact with the extra-terrestrial musical collective – HENGE – is imminent.

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Music

Henge (evening Show)

23rd October 2021

Attention Earth!… Do not be alarmed…. Contact with the extra-terrestrial musical collective – HENGE – is imminent.

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Music

The Skids

5th November 2021

Skids are a Scottish punk rock and new wave band, formed in Dunfermline, Fife.

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Music

Blazin’ Fiddles

27th November 2021

Encompassing a rare and virtuosic selection of the fiddle’s diverse Highland and island voices, with ensemble and solo-led sets both backed by powerhouse guitar and piano, the Blazers pack all the power, passion and sensitivity of Scotland’s traditional music, into a single show.

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2020 sees the 35th anniversary of The Smiths’ legendary second album “Meat is Murder”. 

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