Welcome to Brewery Poets

Brewery Poets has a long history with the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal.  Established
over 30 years ago, many well known Cumbrian and north Lancashire poets have come together to discuss their work.

We meet in the Vats Bar on the second Friday of every month, grab a drink and a chat and head for Art Room 1 for a workshop session.  Each poet brings a work-in-progress which is read  and discussed.

We have two public readings a year in the Warehouse Cafe at the Brewery, one in May and one in November, when members of Brewery Poets and/or guest poets read their work and promote any books or pamphlets.  Usually there’s some live music, too.    It’s a great venue, with deep leather sofas to curl into as you sip a glass of wine (or tea or coffee) and listen to some amazingly good poetry.

Kendal Poetry Festival

In 2016 we had the idea of holding a poetry festival in Kendal to increase participation in poetry in the South Lakes, to develop and work with local poets, to provide opportunities for writing and performance and to bring national and international poets to the area.  We also wanted to create a bigger stage for young poets and Dove Cottage Young Poets, through the support and encouragement of Kim Moore, have played a huge part in our first two festivals.  We are thrilled that we are now in our third year and we have a bigger than ever programme.    Details of the 2018 Festival, together with blogs, reviews and photos of the previous festivals, are on the Kendal Poetry Festival website.