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City of Words 

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Bristol Ideas has always seen our city as a city of words. The closing event of Lyra 2024 celebrates poets from all over Bristol sharing their perspectives about the city.

Celebrate Bristol’s wide range of stories from poets from all over the city, as well as community groups who have been commissioned to create new work. This 90-minute showcase of quick-fire readings will include a feature set by Lyra’s 2024 Festival Poet Shakara. There will be new poems by three Bristol City Poets – Miles Chambers, Kat Lyons and Caleb Parkin; Young City Poets Altoma and Nara; and Stephen Lightbown, Asmaa Jama, Deborah Harvey, Lawrence Hoo and Sukina Noor. Joining them are showcase readings from community groups Word by Word, Bristol After Stroke, Our Future (Polish & Somali women) and the Bonds Poetry exhibition project. The event will be followed by festival afterparty drinks in the Watershed Café & Bar from 21:00pm. 

The event is also available to watch via live stream. Book a ‘Live Stream Ticket’ at checkout.


Deborah Harvey lives in Bristol. She is co-director of The Leaping Word, a poetry consultancy providing creative and editorial advice for writers, and qualified counselling support for artists exploring the personal in their work.

Kat Lyons (they/them) is a Queer Bristol-based writer, performer, workshop facilitator and creative producer whose work is grounded in everyday politics and a love of storytelling. Kat is the current Bristol City Poet (2022-2024), and recently finished touring their debut solo show Dry Season, a spoken word theatre show exploring gender, age and menopause.

Caleb Parkin, Bristol City Poet 2020 -2022, has poems in The Guardian, The Rialto, The Poetry Review and was guest poet on BBC Radio 4’s Poetry Please. He has three pamphlets, his debut collection, This Fruiting Body (Nine Arches) was longlisted for the Laurel Prize and his second collection, Mingle, is due October 2024.

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