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Glastonbury 2022’s Poetry Stage is calling for poets and spoken word artists

Glastonbury 2022’s Poetry Stage is calling for poets and spoken word artists

This is your chance to perform your work on Glastonbury Festival’s Poetry&Words Stage

Poetry&Words have opened their applications to poets and purveyors of fine spoken word who would like to perform on their stage at Glastonbury 2022.

In a statement issued via their Facebook page (January 9), Poetry&Words say that if you have already applied in 2020 there is no need to apply again as they already have all those applications on file.

If you want to apply anew, however, you should send a copy of your cv plus links to 2-3 video recordings of you performing your work to: [email protected] by midnight on 4th March 2022.


The Poetry Stage is located within the Theatre & Circus area, which will be returning to Worthy Farm this year and feature approximately 400 acts presenting around 1,500 shows spread across three beautiful fields of wonder.

Every Glastonbury-year, applications are taken for the opportunity to perform on the Festival’s Poetry Stage – For 2022, Poetry&Words are looking for applications from experienced writers and performers, with something riveting, riotous and downright righteous to offer up to the audiences of the world’s biggest greenfield arts festival.

2019 saw the Poetry Stage host an abundance of talent which included such artists as Rosy Carrick, Courtney Conrad, John Hegley and Tony Walsh, to name a few.


Poetry&Words operate a fast turnaround stage and therefore are looking for individual artists who can hit it at a dead run with the minimum of tech support, preamble, props and paraphernalia.

Stage-time is also available for performers of one person spoken word shows of 1 hour in length, though one should bear in mind that they only have a fixed lighting rig – but a lovely crew on the sound-desk who can certainly accommodate backing tracks if required.

Please note that only one application per act will be accepted – so following up your application with multiple emails checking on progress or making amendments to your application will only clog the Inbox and makes your name memorable for all the wrong reasons. All the info you need post-application will be in the auto-reply.

Poetry&Words do usually pay a fee, but this is only small. Overseas poets, in particular, should note that they are unable to provide travel expenses. Guest tickets are also beyond their power. Booked performers will receive a ticket for themselves as well as a camping pitch backstage of the Poetry&Words tent.

To find out more about the Poetry&Words visit:


2022 will see Glastonbury Festival return to Worthy Farm for the first time since 2019, and with the cancellation of both the 2020 and 2021 events due to the coronavirus crisis, one could speculate that a lot of the acts which had been booked for 2020 will roll over to 2022 – As Festival founder Michael Eavis hinted back in August that the “big names” who were set to play at Glastonbury in 2020 are being lined up for next year’s event.

You can read our Glastonbury 2022 FAQs summary – which includes information about tickets, dates, line-up and rumours thus far – by clicking here.

Glastonbury 2022 is set to take place at its natural home in Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, from 22nd – 26th June 2022

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