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Bristol's brand new poetry festival.

20th – 24th march 2019

 
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Lyra is Bristol's brand new poetry festival!

We are proud to present a festival programme which captures the variety of modern poetry in terms of its style and presentation. The core programme includes an annual slam, a lecture, a talk, a film screening, an open mic, workshops, readings, performances, a walking tour and a panel discussion.

 

This festival has been supported using funding from Arts Council England. We are immensely grateful for their continued support of poetry in the South West.

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Meet the Team

Danny Pandolfi - Co-Director of Lyra, Bristol Poetry Festival   A poet, rapper, event producer and educator. He is also the founder of acclaimed South West poetry event organisation and talent development platform Raise the Bar who run monthly shows at Arnolfini, Crofters Rights and Komedia Bath. In 2017 he was named as one of Bristol’s 24 most influential Bristolians under 24 by Rife Magazine. In 2018, he was featured in an Eventbrite documentary entitled ‘Generation DIY’ celebrating creatives and promoters under 25. A recent Bristol Resident Boat Poet, he has performed at Ministry of Sound, 02 Academy Bristol, Camp Bestival, Blissfields, Cheltenham Literature Festival, Ledbury Poetry Festival and more.

Danny Pandolfi - Co-Director of Lyra, Bristol Poetry Festival

A poet, rapper, event producer and educator. He is also the founder of acclaimed South West poetry event organisation and talent development platform Raise the Bar who run monthly shows at Arnolfini, Crofters Rights and Komedia Bath. In 2017 he was named as one of Bristol’s 24 most influential Bristolians under 24 by Rife Magazine. In 2018, he was featured in an Eventbrite documentary entitled ‘Generation DIY’ celebrating creatives and promoters under 25. A recent Bristol Resident Boat Poet, he has performed at Ministry of Sound, 02 Academy Bristol, Camp Bestival, Blissfields, Cheltenham Literature Festival, Ledbury Poetry Festival and more.

Lucy English – Co-Director of Lyra, Bristol Poetry Festival   A spoken word educator and Reader in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. She has two collections published by Burning Eye Books. Lucy performed in two ACE funded UK spoken word tours, Flash in 2010-11 and Count Me In 2014-5.  In 2016 she produced Rebecca Tantony’s experimental immersive spoken word show, All the Journey I Never Took. Lucy organises the MIX conferences in Digital Writing at Bath Spa University and is co-director of Liberated Words which screens, curates and creates poetry films. 

Lucy English – Co-Director of Lyra, Bristol Poetry Festival

A spoken word educator and Reader in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. She has two collections published by Burning Eye Books. Lucy performed in two ACE funded UK spoken word tours, Flash in 2010-11 and Count Me In 2014-5.  In 2016 she produced Rebecca Tantony’s experimental immersive spoken word show, All the Journey I Never Took. Lucy organises the MIX conferences in Digital Writing at Bath Spa University and is co-director of Liberated Words which screens, curates and creates poetry films. 

Tom Sastry   A Bristol based poet and the inaugural festival Poet in Residence. He was selected by Carol Ann Duffy as one of the 2016 Laureate’s Choice Poets. His pamphlet, Complicity, was a Poetry Book Society pamphlet choice and Poetry School Book of the Year. He has three forthcoming publications with Emma Press, Nine Arches and Burning Eye. Tom supported Hera Lindsay Bird in Bath and Danez Smith in Bristol on their recent UK tours.

Tom Sastry

A Bristol based poet and the inaugural festival Poet in Residence. He was selected by Carol Ann Duffy as one of the 2016 Laureate’s Choice Poets. His pamphlet, Complicity, was a Poetry Book Society pamphlet choice and Poetry School Book of the Year. He has three forthcoming publications with Emma Press, Nine Arches and Burning Eye. Tom supported Hera Lindsay Bird in Bath and Danez Smith in Bristol on their recent UK tours.

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