Aldeburgh: Poetry festival set to move to Snape Maltings

A LITERARY showcase featuring a variety of talent from across the globe has moved to a new venue for this year’s event.

The 24th international Aldeburgh Poetry Festival will be based at Snape Maltings over the weekend of November 2 and 4.

Some 25 poets from across the globe will be travelling to east Suffolk to take part in 54 interconnecting events of which 14 are free.

Each day will start and end with events in Aldeburgh and there will be a free hourly shuttle bus between the resort and Snape Maltings throughout the weekend.

Naomi Jaffa, director of The Poetry Trust, which organises the event, said: “This is a momentous year for the festival.

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“Expanding to the inspirational setting at Snape Maltings will offer a range of performance spaces perfect for live poetry and plenty of opportunities to eat, drink and socialise – all on one site.

“This is our chance to take an already world-class poetry festival to a whole new level.”

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The line up for the festival includes Jackie Kay and Maggi Hambling, who will discuss the female artist, South Korea’s Ko Un, who is reading at his first UK festival, actor and producer Greg Wise and Christopher Reid, a mock lecture on the language of cricket by John Agard and an investigation into why children need poetry by Michael Rosen and Valerie Bloom.

British and Irish poets Julia Copus, John Stammers and David Wheatley will also make their Aldeburgh debut, while the annual poet-on-poet lecture, delivered by Michael Rosen, explores the life and work of Edward Lear.

Other highlights include South Africa’s Ingrid De Kok, reading in the UK for the first time, the Palestinian experience from Ghassan Zaqtan, Ireland’s 90-year-old Leland Bardwell, American poets D Nurkse and Philip Schultz and two showcase readings for seven poets at pamphlet or first collection stage – a four-hander with Caleb Klaces, Andrew McMillan, Rebecca Perry and Warsan Shire, and a three-hander with Fady Joudah, Andrea Porter and Sam Willetts.

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