Festival Director

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‘Cheltenham Poetry Festival is a triumph.’ Alison Brackenbury

Anna is the CEO and founder of Cheltenham Poetry Festival. Anna is responsible for the Festival’s strategic, artistic, and organisational management and for planning, programming and delivering the festival. Anna is also responsible for designing and implementing the Festival’s Communications and Fundraising Strategy.

Since the Festival’s launch in 2010 it has grown to become one the UK’s most vibrant poetry festivals. Over ten days, visitors to the Festival can enjoy internationally acclaimed artists as well as local talent and exciting, emerging names. The Festival fuses poetry with music, dance, film and even animation.

The Festival also offers an extensive Outreach Programme and, thanks to funding from Cheltenham Borough Council and Arts Council England, runs a wide range of inspiring and educative creative writing workshops for vulnerable and excluded groups.

Performers at the Festival have included Don Paterson, Ruth Padel, John Cooper Clarke, John Hegley, Little Machine, The English Touring Opera, George Szirtes and Penelope Shuttle.

You can read more at www.cheltenhampoetryfest.co.uk

Praise for Cheltenham Poetry Festival

‘One of the very best up-and-coming poetry festivals in the UK.’ Jane Commane, Nine Arches Press

‘A festival with a health dose of anarchy.’ The Guardian

‘What makes the Cheltenham Poetry Festivals such a delight is the way the events follow each other with such excitement and energy.’ Bernard O’Donoghue

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