The University of Winchester and Winchester Poetry Festival have agreed a five-year partnership
The agreement between the university and the festival includes opportunities for students to participate in work placements and to gain special access behind the scenes at festival events, as well as free entry to the annual poetry competition and cooperation in teaching and research activities.
Established in 2013, the Winchester Poetry Festival is best known for its biennial festival, as well as running an annual poetry competition and a series of educational and literary events throughout the year.
This year's festival will take place 5-7 October, featuring poets from across the UK and Ireland, as well as from Syria, Macedonia, the United States and the Caribbean. The university will also host a special celebratory event on National Poetry Day, Thursday 4 October, as part of the festival's Young Wordsmiths project - an educational programme which mentors local sixth-formers in the art of verse.
Professor Joy Carter, the university's vice-chancellor, said: "It's marvellous to be working with this vibrant poetry festival. We're well-known for the quality and popularity of our programmes in Creative Writing and English, and this will add exciting extra value to our students' experience in those areas."
Stephen Boyce, chair of the Winchester Poetry Festival, said: "We're delighted to have entered into this collaboration with the University. We've been working together for the last few years, and it's great to be able to cement our productive relationship in a long-term partnership."
Professor Alex Charles, dean of the university's faculty of arts, said: "It's brilliant to welcome the Winchester Poetry Festival to our growing family of cultural partners. This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to take part in a series of wonderful literary events in the heart of Winchester."
The University of Winchester has also recently signed five-year agreements with Theatre Royal Winchester, the Hat Fair, Blue Apple Theatre, Winchester Film Festival and The Point, Eastleigh.
Pictured: University of Winchester Creative Writing lecturers celebrate the annual Creative Writing Student Awards 2018 (cr Ben Coleman Photography)