Poetry Translation Workshop with Leo Boix

The Bristol Poetry Institute, in partnership with the Poetry Translation Centre, are pleased to be hosting a translation workshop with Argentinian/British poet Leo Boix on the evening of 24 March. We’ll be translating Argentinian philosopher and writer Silvina Giaganti, and we’d love for you to join us! Knowledge of Spanish is not required, as workshop participants will receive support in crafting the final, translated poem in English.

For more information and to book your FREE place, click here.

Bristol Poetry Institute at the Lyra Poetry Festival

The Bristol Poetry Institute is looking forward to Lyra, the Bristol Poetry Festival, taking place between 13 and 22 March. We are proud to have helped organise a number of the Festival’s events, including:


Simon Armitage | Live at Bristol Poetry Festival

13 March 18.00

Wills Memorial Building


Romantic Bristol Walking Tour

14 March 12.00

OR 22nd March 12.00

meet at Wills Memorial Building


Prose Poetry: Performance + Open Mic

14 March 17.00

Wills Memorial Building (Old Council Chamber)


Romantic Bristol Tour: Coleridge & Wordsworth

15 March 12.00

meet at Wills Memorial Building


Maths and Poetry Workshop

16 March 17.30

Fry Building (Room G13)


Romantic Bristol Walking Tour: Women Writers

21 March 12.00

meet at Wills Memorial Building


The full programme is available here.

Bristol Project Celebrating the City’s Poets and Poetry Wins Funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund

Chatterton’s Holiday Afternoon, Engraved by William Ridgway after a picture by William Benjamin Morris that was published in The Art Journal, 1875., BRL B28436 SR50

A group of Bristol projects celebrating the city’s poetic past, present and future has been awarded £87,700 funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund. A Poetic City is a programme of activity run by organisations including The Bristol Poetry Institute, Lyra poetry festival, Glenside Hospital Museum, the University of Bristol, Bristol Libraries, Bristol Culture, the RWA and St Mary Redcliffe. Poets from across the country, as well as poets from the city, will be writing and performing new works, guided poetry walks will explore different parts of the city and a free comic will be produced, telling the story of Bristol’s famous poets. The project has been inspired by Bristolian poet Thomas Chatterton, who was born in 1752 and inspired generations of poets after him.

The project runs until the end of 2020 and includes:

  • Writers in residence being based a public sites across the city.
  • New poetry commissions being written by 10 poets, performed and shared across the city.
  • The new app, exploring the city and it’s connections with poetry and poets.
  • The story of Bristol’s poetic history, and one of the city’s most famous poets, Thomas Chatterton, told in comic-book style and distributed across the city.
  • Walking tours of the city led by academics and poets.
  • Poets working with local communities, young and old, through St Mary Redcliffe Church.
  • A new poem specially written by the City Poet, Vanessa Kisuule.
  • A series of lectures exploring young people, arts and mental health.
  • Special events across the city as part of Bristol Open Doors (https://bristolopendoors.org.uk/).
  • More activity and events will be added to the programme as it is developed over the coming months.

Find out more on Twitter: #BristolPoeticCity