Weekend Poetry Festival- Women in Words

View of the house at Dunham Massey in the sunshine

Join seven contemporary female poets for a feast of powerful poetry on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 September. Take part in creative writing workshops, hear poetry performed live and meet poets at the festival brunch or tea. Part of the National Trust's Women & Power programme for 2018. House and garden entry is included with all Weekend Poetry Festival tickets.

Tickets for performances and workshops now on sale.

Saturday 22 September

Shirley May

Creative Writing Workshop with poet, Shirley May 

Join Manchester poet, Shirley May, director of Young Identity Writing Collective and visiting Fellow at Manchester Metropolitan School of Writing for a creative writing workshop inspired by objects from Dunham's collection. Earlier this year Shirley was chosen as one of Manchester's 100 Inspirational Women and we are delighted that she can lead this workshop, reflecting on Women and Power 2018. Materials provided.

People enjoying drinks under a tent in the garden at Dunham Massey

Festival Brunch 

Meet poets, Helen Mort and Shirley May, for lively and stimulating readings and enjoyable conversation over coffee, tea and pastries. Helen Mort, described by Carol Ann Duffy, as ‘among the brightest stars in the sparkling new constellation of young British poets’, is a lecturer at MMU School of Writing and an award winning poet. Shirley May is an established performer, both nationally and internationally. Expect lively and stimulating readings and enjoyable conversation.

Jean Sprackland

Festival Tea 

Join poet, Jean Sprackland, for a reading followed by tea, coffee and cake in the Festival Tent. Expect an enjoyable and stimulating reading and conversation. Award winning author of four acclaimed collections of poetry, Jean has also written and broadcast extensively for BBC Radio and is chair of the Poetry Archive.

Ella Duffy

Performance of 'Wife' by Ella Duffy 

Take your seats for a performance of ‘Wife’, a dramatic adaptation of Carol Ann Duffy’s critically acclaimed series of poems, ‘The World’s Wife’. Performed by Ella Duffy, a London-based poet and actor, this extended monologue is an incredible acknowledgement and exploration of the lives of the often ‘behind the scenes’ wives of famous men. Copies of 'The World's Wife' will be available for purchase at the event.

Sunday 23 September

Kim Moore

Creative Writing Workshop with poet, Kim Moore 

Join Cumbria based writer, Kim Moore, for a writing workshop engaging in ideas around Women and Power. An award winning poet, Kim is currently a PhD candidate at MMU School of Writing, where she is exploring how to write poetry about sexism. Materials provided.

People enjoying drinks under a tent in the garden at Dunham Massey

Festival Brunch 

Meet poets, Kate Fox and Kim Moore, for lively and entertaining discussion and readings over coffee, tea and pastries. Kate Fox, well known to listeners of BBC Radio for her comic stand up series, has been poet in residence for the Great North Run, Glastonbury and Quarry Bank amongst others. Cumbria based poet Kim Moore’s first collection won the 2016 Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. Expect lively and stimulating readings and enjoyable conversation.

Malika Booker

Festival Tea 

Expect a thoughtful, powerful and enjoyable performance with poet, Malika Booker, followed by tea, coffee, cake and conversation. Malika, born in the UK to Guyanese and Grenadian parents, says ‘I write because my mother tells me I am the first generation of women to be able to tell our stories and because I know there are women in the world who cannot speak’.

Meet the poets