Spreading the Word event helps bring poetry to life

17 Oct 2023

Spreading the Word, the recent poetry event at the University of Winchester was extremely well-attended, and saw members of the public joining current students and alumni (some who graduated more than a decade ago) coming together to share their love of this wonderful, creative format.

The slam competition at the end of the evening was the highlight of the event and brought a dozen poets to the stage of the Stripe Lecture Theatre to perform their compositions.

“The diversity of material on offer was extraordinary, and testament to how poetry can be approached in a multitude of different ways, from the romantic to the comedic, from soul-searching to motivating,” said event organiser Glenn Fosbraey, Associate Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University.

Before the slam, the audience enjoyed readings by performance poet Antosh Wojcik whose verse explored the theme of Refuge.

Earlier in the day academics had hosted poetry workshops which had been open to the public.

Spreading the Word was held on National Poetry Day (October 5) and acted as an unofficial curtain-raiser for Winchester Poetry Festival, which counted the University amongst its sponsors.

“We look forward to collaborating on many more project with Winchester Poetry Festival and thank them for their support and attendance on the day,” said Glenn.

Pictured (from left):  Antosh Wojcik, Lawrence Nicholas, Becca Miles,  Millie Woodrow, Jane Bryant, and Glenn Fosbraey at the Poetry Slam event at the University of Winchester’s Stripe Lecture Theatre.

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