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SkyLines
Writing West Midlands and Nine Arches Press present

SkyLines

Festival of Poetry and Spoken Word Tues 28 June to Sun 17 July

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Join us for Coventry’s newest and most exciting festival – a celebration of poetry and spoken word. Talented poets from close to home and across the nation will bring bespoke events, performances, and workshops to the city.

The theme for the festival in its inaugural year is New Perspectives, so join us for a fresh look at life and its journeys, taking in the view along the way.

SkyLines Festival consists of a range of events and workshops that will take place at the Belgrade Theatre, online and at other Coventry City venues between 28 June and 17 July. Follow the links below for information on individual events and to book.

POETRY LOVERS PASS

Day passes are available to purchase for Sat 16 July and Sun 17 July which cover all live events taking place in the Belgrade Theatre’s B2 auditorium.

LIVESTREAM PASS

If you are unable to attend the SkyLines Festival in person then a Livestream Festival Pass is available to buy which covers all live poetry events taking place in the Belgrade Theatre’s B2 auditorium throughout the festival. Follow this link for more information and to book. 

DIGITAL PROGRAMME

Online Workshop: Borrowing Voices from the Non-Human with Suzannah Evans 
Tues 5 July, via Zoom

Online Workshop: Risks and Reboots with John McCullough
Tues 12 July, via Zoom

MAIN FESTIVAL PROGRAMME
FRI 15 JULY

Walking Tour: River Sherbourne Poetry Trail with Warwickshire Wildlife Trust & John Bernard
Meet outside Belgrade Theatre, Box Office entrance

EVENT: Poetry Aloud – with the Coventry Poet Laureates
Central Library, Coventry

WORKSHOP:  Writing for Life – poetry for health, happiness and reassurance in strange times with Deborah Alma
Belgrade Theatre

EVENT: Life in Poems: Moniza Alvi & Natalie Linh Bolderston with Deborah Alma
Belgrade Theatre

EVENT: Hollie McNish and Michael Pederson
Belgrade Theatre

SAT 16 JULY

EVENT: Poets’ Meet-up at SkyLines Festival
Belgrade Theatre

WORKSHOP: Adventures with Form – a workshop for serious play with Moniza Alvi
Belgrade Theatre

EVENT: Mushaira: with poets Navkiran Mann, Nafeesa Hamid, Shahnaz Akthar & Khizra Bano
Belgrade Theatre

WORKSHOP: Poetry in Performance – How we read with Casey Bailey
Belgrade Theatre

EVENT: Imagined Futures & End Times: Suzannah Evans & André Naffis-Sahely
Belgrade Theatre

EVENT: WordPlay Special: Casey Bailey, Peter Raynard & Fran Lock
Belgrade Theatre

EVENT: Beyond 100 Queer Poems with John McCullough, Rosie Garland & Stanley Iyanu
Belgrade Theatre

EVENT: Perspectives on the Collective: Jacob Sam-La Rose & guests Lewis Driver, Alice Richmond & Meg Waters, hosted by Jill Abram
Belgrade Theatre

POETRY LOVERS PASS – SAT 16 JULY: A day pass covering all live events taking place in the Belgrade Theatre’s B2 auditorium. 

SUN 17 JULY

Walking Tour: River Sherbourne Poetry Trail with Warwickshire Wildlife Trust & Sujana Crawford
Meet outside Belgrade Theatre, Box Office entrance

EVENT: The Poetry Exchange LIVE – Poems as Friends with Rishi Dastidar & Roz Goddard
Belgrade Theatre

WORKSHOP: Risks and Reboots with John McCullough
Belgrade Theatre

EVENT: Primers Poetry showcase: Kym Deyn, Estelle Price, Fathima Zahra
Belgrade Theatre

EVENT: Memory, Language, Family – Alison Brackenbury & Denise Saul
Belgrade Theatre

EVENT: The Poetry Book Society presents: Hannah Lowe & Raymond Antrobus
Belgrade Theatre

EVENT: John Hegley: Drawings of Dromedaries (and other creatures)
Belgrade Theatre

POETRY LOVERS PASS – SUN 17 JULY: A day pass covering all live events taking place in the Belgrade Theatre’s B2 auditorium.

SKYLINES FESTIVAL BOOKSHOP
FRU 15 – SUN 17 JULY
Belgrade Theatre

The Poetry Book Society will be providing our special festival bookshop, so feel free to drop by to browse and buy books by many of the poets and performers at the festival.

SkyLines is a co-production between Writing West Midlands and Nine Arches Press and is funded by Arts Council England. The first festival is in July 2022, to run annually in Coventry city centre. Supported by the Belgrade Theatre.