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Poetry at St. Swithun Upon Kingsgate

St Swithun-upon-Kinsgate, St. Swithun Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9JP

Come and listen to three poets, Sue Wrinch, Hilary Hares and Andrena Yeats read new poems about ‘Extraordinary Women’ and poems on historic Winchester, all specially written to celebrate Heritage Open Days. PRE-BOOKING RECOMMENDED

A Poetry Reading in the wonderful setting of St. Within Upon Kingsgate. Come and hear poems specially written for Heritage Open Days on the themes of ‘Extraordinary Women’ and historic Winchester.

Sue Wrinch, organiser and presenter of ‘Loose Muse Winchester’ a monthly writers event at the Discovery Centre, will read new poems. Her first poetry collection, ‘Down By Wild Water’ was published in 2015 and her second collection will be published later this year.

Hilary Hares is a poet who regularly reads her work at ‘Loose Muse’ and has had over seventy poems published in journals, poetry magazines and online. Loose Muse launched her debut collection, ‘A Butterfly Lands On The Moon’ in February this year. It is sold in aid of the Phyllis Tuckwell Trust.

Andrena Yeats’ first poetry collection, ‘Night Swallowtails’ was launched at Loose Muse in June this year in aid of Macmillan Charities. Andrena is working on her second collection.

Each of these poets has written new work for this event to celebrate ‘Extraordinary Women’ both historical and contemporary. They have also written poems celebrating the rich heritage of Winchester, its Cathedral, historical figures and sites. Come and celebrate with us and hear their original work.

Please note this beautiful church above a gateway and is very small, and therefore booking for this event is essential in order to secure a place.

● Saturday 15 September: 1400-1445

Booking Details:
The church is free to explore over the festival period, but the poetry reading must be pre-booked.

Access Information:
The church is accessed via a steep set of stairs.  Unfortunately there is no wheelchair access

Additional Information:
Max 60 people per tour/session. Poetry reading will last around 45 minutes. St Swithun is the only church above a gate in the UK still holding church services. It was built in the 13th century and named after a local bishop, Swithun, thought to have been the tutor of King Alfred the Great.

Directions:
The church is above the gateway, entrance via a flight of stairs on St Swithun Street.

Earlier Event: September 14
Open Day at The Grange
Later Event: September 14
Women’s Work: Women on the Railways