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Wirral Festival of Firsts Poetry Proms

Pauline Hughes Plummer
Pauline Hughes Plummer

6 July

12.30 – 18.30

More than a hundred poets will be performing in iconic venues around New Brighton as part of Wirral Festival of Firsts.

From silly to serious, traditional to challenging, there’ll be a range of live poetry for all tastes, along with books for sale and a chance to find out about local poetry groups. All the events are free, and other local poets are welcome to get involved – contact Dave Costello on for more details. A full list of guests, venues and timings are available  on the website:

12.30 – Poetry Lunch in the seafront Floral Pavilion’s Panorama Lounge featuring guests Clare Kirwan and Pauline Hughes Plummer.
NB Lunch is not included but there are plenty of local eateries.

Sam Berkson
Sam Berkson

14.00 – 16.30 – Poetry Proms three unique venues become poetry hubs:
1. Chester Poets host at the Floral Pavilion with well-crafted poetry designed to amuse, engage and intrigue. Plus Poetry Bookshop
2. The Bards of New Brighton host at Tallula’s Bar on the corner of Rowson St / Victoria Rd in New Brighton with rumbustious and challenging performance poetry from well established UK poets.  Join in – or just listen. Featured poet: 3pm – ‘Angry’ Sam Berkson, slam legend. WARNING – may contain adult material.
3. Tales Around the Fire host at the iconic Fort Perch Rock off the New Brighton waterfront with story telling and poetry in the unique atmosphere of the Fort itself.

17.00 – 18.30 – Wind Down event at Floral Pavilion hosted by Tim Kingham includes guests Chrys Salt, Kate McLoughlin, David Cook and Brian Wake.

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