Festival of the Spoken Word

Friday 5 – Sunday 7 July 2019


Messums Wiltshire’s second Festival of the Spoken Word builds on the legacy of language as an art form and is even more extensive than last year’s festival. It includes rising star poets, spoken word artists, writers and rappers – all of whom explore one of the most exciting art forms of the moment. As before, our gathering place is our thirteenth century barn, providing the backdrop to a series of talks, readings, performances and music.

Launching with ‘After Hours’ on Friday night, and including a poetry performance by Ben Norris and a jam session with singer-songwriter and spoken word performer Jade Cuttle, as well as a chance to meet the performers and poets ahead of Saturday’s back to back spoken word performances – the word is out!

All events can be booked separately or make a day of it with a Saturday ticket or a festival ticket which includes the whole weekends line-up from Friday night’s gig through to Caroline Goyder’s workshop on Sunday morning. Tea and coffee on arrival for all Day or Festival ticket holders.

Poetry Takeaway will be writing personalised poems for free between 12 – 4pm. Chat to a poet about yourself and a poem will be created for you to takeaway.

Festival Line-Up


6pm ‘After Hours’ – Music and poetry performances by Jade Cuttle and Ben Norris. The Mess Restaurant will be open for supper bookings


10am Poetry Writing Workshop with Tristram Fane Saunders
  ‘Why Speak When You Can Sing? with Ryann Donnelly, Nathalie Olah and Tariq Goddard
12:15pm  ‘Recitation & Reflection’ with Tristam Fane Saunders, Joe Carrick-Varty, Warda Yassin and Jade Cuttle
2pm  ‘Connect – How to Convey Presence’ – Mat Osman from Suede in conversation with Tariq Goddard
3:30pm  Spoken Word Performance by Ben Norris
4:30pm  The Poetry Takeaway Poets take to the stage
5pm  Sugar J and Bump Kin perform razor-sharp poetry
6:30pm  ‘Talking to Strangers’ with Laurie Bolger
7:30pm Close-Out Party with DJ set by Mat Osman from Suede


10am Find Your Voice – Speak with Confidence with Caroline Goyder