Announcing the 2020 Bristol Poetry Institute Annual Reading

The Bristol Poetry Institute is delighted to announce that Claudia Rankine will join us on the evening of 18 November for the 2020 Annual Reading. This virtual event will be held in collaboration with the Centre for Black Humanities and the Festival of Ideas. Broadcast live online, the 2020 Annual Reading will be a slightly different format than in years past, but we are planning a fantastic event and looking forward to seeing you again this autumn.

Claudia Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry, including Citizen: An American Lyric and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely; two plays including The White Card, which premiered in February 2018 (ArtsEmerson/ American Repertory Theater) was published with Graywolf Press in 2019, and Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue; as well as numerous video collaborations. Her next publication, Just Us: An American Conversation, is forthcoming in September 2020. She is also the editor of several anthologies including The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind. In 2016, she co-founded The Racial Imaginary Institute (TRII). Among her numerous awards and honors, Rankine is the recipient of the Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry, the Poets & Writers’ Jackson Poetry Prize, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, United States Artists, and the National Endowment of the Arts. She is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and teaches at Yale University as the Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry. She lives in New Haven, Connecticut.


Applications Open for Next Bristol City Poet


20180525 – FOI Vanessa Kisuule Poet Marvin by @JonCraig_Photos 07778606070


Our collaborators at the Bristol Festival of Ideas are in search of a new Bristol City Poet. Could it be you?

Poets, spoken-word fans and performers in Bristol are invited to apply to become the new City Poet. The winner will be required to compose 12 poems for specific events or projects and will also take part in public performances and community engagement activities over the next two years. The application deadline is 12 noon Friday 29 May 2020.

More information can be found at the Festival of Ideas’ website.


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 (
  • More activity and events will be added to the programme as it is developed over the coming months.

Find out more on Twitter: #BristolPoeticCity

Latin_no American VideoPoetics

The Bristol Poetry Institute is pleased to host Argentine artist Marisol Bellusci for a night of Latin American videopoetry in February. We hope you will join us!

Latin_no American VideoPoetics

6.00 pm, 12 February 2020

Old Council Chamber Room

1.11 Wills Memorial Building

Bristol BS8 1RJ

Free and open to all

This event will consist of a rare UK screening of videopoetry from Latin America (by the poets and artists listed below), an introduction by Marisol Bellusci and Javier Robledo (coordinator and director, respectively, of VideoBardo, the longest-running videopoetry festival in the world), and a discussion with UK-based videopoet Sarah Tremlett (author of The Poetics of Poetry Film, and co-director of Liberated Words).


Paula Herrera Vivas / Argentina; Mariana Maia da Silva / Brazil; María Papi / Argentina; Loayza

Claudia Peru / Argentina; Melissa Haller / Argentina; Marisol Bellusci & Luis Saray / Argentina-

Colombia; Nicolás M. Pintos / Argentina; Dan Boord and Luis Valdovino / USA- Argentina;

Pagan Maximum / Argentina; Javier Robledo / Argentina.

(credit for header video: Marisol Bellusci)

Annual Reading 2019 with Daljit Nagra

Please join us for the Bristol Poetry Institute Annual Reading 2019 with 
Daljit Nagra
14 November 2019
6.00 PM – 7.30 PM
Wills Memorial Building
The event will comprise of an hour-long poetry reading followed by a 30 minute book signing.

Book your free ticket here.

Daljit Nagra has published four poetry collections with Faber & Faber. He has won the Forward Prize for Best Individual Poem and Best First Collection, the South Bank Show Decibel Award and the Cholmondeley Award. His books have been nominated for the Costa Prize and twice for the T. S. Eliot Prize, and he has been selected as a New Generation Poet by the Poetry Book Society. He was the inaugural Poet-in-Residence for Radio 4 & 4 Extra, and presents a weekly programme, Poetry Extra, on Radio 4 Extra. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and was elected to its Council, and is a trustee of the Arvon Trust. He has judged many prizes including the Samuel Johnson Prize, the T. S. Eliot Prize, the Costa Prize, the David Cohen Prize and the National Poetry Competition. His poems have been published in the New Yorker, Poetry Chicago, LRB, TLS and New Statesman and appear on GCSE syllabuses. He has written for the Guardian and Financial Times. He teaches poetry at Brunel University, London.