Announcement

This year’s festival will take place between Friday 30th August & Sunday 1st September 2019

What We Do

Wise Words reawakens a sense of wonder and encourages people to be curious. We are an arts organisation that works through poetry and storytelling, inviting people to see the world from a different perspective and to take time to pause. Our work is unexpected, intimate and connects strongly with the outdoors, engaging the widest possible audience.

Our hope is for a society within which people are engaged, caring & live their lives with purpose. We see poetry as more than entertainment. We believe in its ability to act as an agent for change: reaching across difference, inspiring a sense of social responsibility, bearing witness to the diversity and complexity of human experience and helping us to imagine a better world.

 

Programmes of Work

 

  • Supporting and mentoring local emerging artists through our Rough Cut Collective 
  • Poetry for wellbeing workshops
  • The Wise Words Festival 
 

Wise Words Festival

10 days of thought provoking talks, walks, workshops, music, storytelling and poetry taking place in the heart of Canterbury.

An annual festival taking place each spring

10 days of thought provoking talks, walks, workshops, music, storytelling and poetry taking place in the heart of Canterbury.

Artist Development

A group of emerging poets supported by Wise Words to build the skills, networks and confidence to go out into the world and fulfil each of their unique potentials.

Our Rough Cut Collective, workshops & masterclasses

A group of emerging poets supported by Wise Words to build the skills, networks and confidence to go out into the world and fulfil each of their unique potentials.

Poet Laureate

In partnership with the Marlowe and supported by funding from Arts Council England, the Laureateship weaves poetry into the fabric of the city.

Lemn Sissay - Canterbury's Poet Laureate 2017-2020

In partnership with the Marlowe and supported by funding from Arts Council England, the Laureateship weaves poetry into the fabric of the city.

Wellbeing

Exploring how reading, writing and discussing poetry can help on life's journey

Facilitated by poetry therapist Victoria Field

Exploring how reading, writing and discussing poetry can help on life’s journey
  • “Wise Words has its heart in the stars and its feet firmly on the ground” Lemn Sissay OBE

Warrior Poets

A series workshops engaged young people in care and unaccompanied young refugees in the process of exploring the resilience that develops within them as a result of the hardships they have faced at such a young age.

Wise Words Festival

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