Completed events 2022

Here are some events you may have missed in 2022.



  • Saturday 19th March 2022, 10.00 am - 12 noon (Zoom event)

    Workshop: 'One Art - Repetition - the essence of poetry' with Anna Saunders

    Joining acclaimed writer and poet Anna Saunders for an online workshop, we used the recurrence of sounds, syllables, words, phrases, lines, and stanzas to create intoxicating and compelling poems. Looking at poems including ‘One Art’ by Elizabeth Bishop for inspiration, we wrote our own memorable pieces in which we used repetition to create poetic intensity, receiving valuable feedback from Anna. “I loved running the Workshop today. What a lovely group, and some amazing poems written during the Workshop.” (Anna Saunders)

  • Thursday 24th March (12.30 for 1.00 pm lunch)

    'Around the World in 80 Days' with Sue Ablett

    Due to illness, the planned talk by Tony Conder did not take place.  Instead, Festival Chair, Sue Ablett, took the audience on an entertaining and informative journey ‘Around the World in 80 Days’. A perfect day for a Holland House event. Stunning gardens, a lovely lunch, great company, and a talk that went down really well. ‘ Thank you so much for your talk. It was brilliant. As was the whole event.” (Terry and Annis Baldock)

  • Friday 15th April

    'An Afternoon with the Bard of Barnwood'

    Raphael’s Restaurant (Hampton Ferry) was the venue for this sell-out partnership event. We enjoyed a delicious Raphael’s afternoon tea in the company of The Bard of Barnwood, Margaret Daniels, who has been entertaining audiences for years with her amusing poems and anecdotes, mostly based on her own life. A truly wonderful performer and a fabulous afternoon in a glorious riverside setting. “A perfect afternoon.  Margaret’s poems were so well observed and very funny.  Raphael’s laid on a great afternoon tea.  And on a lively sunny afternoon there is no lovelier venue ” Chris O’ Connor. “Thank you so much for organising such an enjoyable event at such a beautiful location. The tea was great as was the audience! Very proud to have been part of the Festival.” Margaret Daniels.

  • Wednesday 11th May 7pm

    'Poetry Evening/Open Mic'

    Following an incredibly popular and successful poetry open mic event last year, we were delighted that Anna Saunders and Beth Brooke were back again to host an event of poetry readings and open mic slots. There were three poets reading – Anna Saunders, Robert Peake and Matthew MC Smith, and twelve open mic slots of three minutes each.  The theme of the event was ‘Freedom’, interpreted in any way the poets wished. “What an incredible evening – such talent (from the guest poets and the open mic contributors). Some amazing poems and readings. Glad to say we will be doing this event again next year!” Sue Ablett, Festival Chair.


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