The Poetry Machine + pop up surprises

Friday Hear Here

Follow the tapping of typewriter keys, flurry of bubbles, and bright yellow umbrella, to find The Poetry Machine outside the Milk Poetry stage, Valley Fest’s poetry and storytelling stage. Beth will create a free poem in response to a calming conversation with you. You can take part solo or with loved ones. Pop your name on the chalkboard to sign up (early birds catch the words!)

The machine will run between some pop-up performances in the tent, so bring your first Valley Fest drinks and snacks to cosy up for a first taste of Milk Poetry. 

Beth Calverley is a poet, performer, facilitator and founder of The Poetry Machine. 

Alongside her nurturing Poetry Machine, Beth travels far-and-wide to places of work, care, learning and play. She creates perceptive poems with guests of all ages, helping them to find words for their thoughts and feelings. 

Beth is Poet in Residence at University Hospitals Bristol & Weston NHS FT and was published in These Are The Hands, the NHS anthology. She has been a Poet in Residence for The Poetry House in Ledbury (2021-22), a Bristol Poetry Festival Resident Poet (2021), a Bristol Life Awards Arts Finalist (2020), and a Roundhouse Slam Finalist (2018). She has worked with the BBC, ITV, Sky, and many more. 

Her debut collection, Brave Faces & Other Smiles (Verve Poetry Press, 2020), explores some of the countless and complex reasons why we smile. Benjamin Zephaniah called it “a great collection with a honest, real theme.”