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 currently have 25 members registered for the workshop.  Luckily, not everyone comes to each session – we find that somewhere between 6 and 12 works poets best – so for the moment we aren’t able to take new members.  There is, however, a waiting list and if you’d like your name to be added to this please let us know.

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  festivals.   We have held three festivals now, each with increasing excitement at the programmes we have been able to put together.   Blogs, reviews and photos of the previous festivals are on the Kendal Poetry Festival website.    We decided not to hold a festival in 2019 to give Kim time to have a baby and finish her PhD.

The baby, Ally, is here, the PhD almost finished and the 2020 Kendal Poetry Festival website is up and running.   There’s another amazing line up of readings and workshops and tickets are already selling well.  There is a Kendal Poetry Festival link on the menu at the top of this page, and a follow-on link to bookings at the Brewery Arts Centre.  Don’t leave it too late to get tickets – we’ve sold out each of the three years so far!