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Special Event | The Colour of Poetry


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Join us in celebrating the South Downs Poetry Festival with an evening of poetry and art inspired by the Sussex landscape.

During this unique event you will have the chance to experience promenade poetry readings, while surrounded by works by the likes of Turner, Blake, Hitchens and Ravilious.

The evening will begin with classic Sussex poetry by Lord Tennyson, Edward Thomas and Hilaire Belloc recited by actor, Gareth Williams. Then enjoy a short drinks reception, before heading to our Sussex Landscape: Chalk, Wood and Water exhibition where distinguished South Downs poets will read new poems in front of the art on display.

Tickets: £15 (including a glass of wine or soft drink)

Book tickets

Our galleries, including the Sussex Landscape: Chalk, Wood and Water exhibition will be open until 6pm. If you would like to visit the exhibitions before the event begins at 6pm, you can book your ticket here. (Entry to the galleries before 6pm is not included in event ticket).

South Downs Poetry Festival

The South Downs Poetry Festival, SDPF, is an annual pop-up festival which spans the length and breadth of the beautiful South Downs National Park and the surrounding area. The festival is organised by Focus Arts, a registered charity.

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Special guests

Gareth Williams was the singer with The Flying Pickets for their million-selling number one hit, Only You, as well as taking lead roles in West End musicals like Guys and Dolls with Barbara Windsor, the English Shakespeare Company and featuring in TV and cinema roles such as Eastenders and Peterloo.

The special guest poets include Stephanie Norgate, nominated for the Forward Prize and a BBC Radio 4 dramatist with three acclaimed poetry collections, Chris Hardy, a member of the music/poetry collective Little Machine, Mandy Pannett with six fine published collections, Joan Secombe, a poetry ambassador for the Poetry Society, Camilla Lambert, poet and organiser of Binsted Arts, and Barry Smith, shortlisted for the Bread & Roses Award and director of the South Downs Poetry Festival.