There are two fantastic stages for our 2018 festival – the Main Stage and the River Stage – with staggered performances between the two.
The Main StageRunning from midday through to midnight the central main stage will be featuring a range of performances guaranteed to make the day special. While we are currently negotiating our main headliners and we will be announcing our supporting acts over the coming weeks.
By popular demand we can now confirm that we have booked Shrewsbury-based the Rainbreakers fusing rock, pop, blues and soul – see them on Youtube!
Starting at 11 am with performances from the "Grapevine" project which is the highlight result of a series of workshops for young, up-and-coming local musicians.
The River Stage
This year, thanks to Arts Council England funding and a collaboration with Border Poets we are able to include two 40 minute entertaining and thought-provoking poetry/spoken word performances.
Later on in the afternoon, the River Stage will be taken over by BBC Hereford &Worcester "Introducing" for the rest of the day. ~ they will provide even more great local talent with bands to be announced nearer the date – watch this space.
We will have some fantastic poets including;PAUL FRANCIS
Paul Francis is a member of Border Poets – a prolific, versatile poet, living in Much Wenlock. He has published two collections, and a range of pamphlets, most recently on austerity, migration, and the war on terror. He won the OUSS Sonnet of the Century competition in 2000, the Hertfordshire Sonnet Prize in 2001, and the Nantwich Words and Music poetry competition in 2015.
'A rising star.' Cheltenham Poetry Festival
'Brilliant. And I hate poetry.' Susan Murray, comedian
'Exceptional.' Louder Than Words festival.
For me - Poetry is all about engaging with an audience, sharing ideas, and making connections.
Freelance writer, performance poet and comedienne. She hails from the City of Wolverhampton, a few miles north of Birmingham. Emma performs her work nationally, and is a published author (writing both for adults and children) and poetry slam champion. She has a degree in English, and an MA in creative writing, enjoys writing flash fiction and has won and been shortlisted for both local and national competitions. Emma is also an experienced workshop facilitator.
Colin Wells is a member of Bridgnorth Writers’ Group where he often writes about Shropshire or his home town of Gloucester. Colin has contributed to horse racing and fishing magazines, published poetry and written speeches and presentations for business speakers
Email Colin (no webpage but has performed at Wenlock Poetry Festival many times)