Posted: 27 July 2011
Naomi Jaffa, Director of The Poetry Trust, writes:
I'm delighted to be writing to you about the programme for the 2011 Festival. Once again, Aldeburgh promises the year's outstanding weekend of international contemporary poetry. With the programme's trademark mix of well-known names, under-sung voices and exceptional newcomers, we'll be welcoming a fresh line-up of 25 writers from seven countries.
Even without the Festival's riches, the seaside charms of Aldeburgh on the cusp between autumn and winter make the East coast of Suffolk hard to resist. But with 52 events on offer, 14 of them free - readings, workshops, discussions, craft-talks, close-readings, performances and exhibition - you can bank on an amazing poetry weekend.
Given limited venue capacity and the Festival's popularity, many events sell out well in advance. To secure the tickets you really want, I'd urge you to join our Friends scheme which includes priority booking for the Festival (full details on the booking form centre pages). As a Friend of The Poetry Trust, you'll also be supporting our ambitious championing of contemporary poetry and poets - live at the Festival, in print in The Poetry Paper and online via Poetry Channel podcasts. Following the Arts Council's disappointing and surprising decision not to core fund The Poetry Trust annually after this year, we're seeking extra help to secure the Festival's future. Please make a donation if you can.
I very much hope you'll be part of the ultimate poetry gathering in Aldeburgh this November. I've been involved in the Festival since 1993 and I've yet to tire of the exhilaration and nourishment it offers every year.
Source: The Poetry Trust
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