Alongside international music artists such as Kate Rusby, Jon Boden, Daphne’s Flight, Blazin’ Fiddles, Le Vent Du Nord and BOC, there will be a feast of poetry and storytelling at this summer’s Gate To Southwell Festival, from June 8-11.

Punk poet and musician Attila The Stockbroker makes his first visit to the festival on Saturday, June 10. 

A self-confessed sharp-tongued, high energy social surrealist, Attila’s career was launched by Radio One DJ John Peel in the 1980s. He has since performed more than 3,000 gigs, including every Glastonbury since 1983.

Les Barker is another great poet appearing at the festival. He is famous for works such as Up The Creek Without A Poodle and Daydream Retriever as well as the more serious, like his folk opera, The Stones Of Callanish.

After appearing on the Saturday in his more familiar role as a family entertainer, juggler and mime artist, Jason Maverick turns comic poet on Sunday.

Alongside these established wordsmiths, on the Saturday there will be a Spoken Word Showcase featuring the rising stars of the Nottingham-based DIY Poets Collective. 

It will be followed on Sunday by The Southwell Slam — an open poetry and spoken word competition, for performers and writers of all ages and abilities, to find the Bard Of The Gate To Southwell.

For more Slam details contact Leanne Moden Southwellslam@gmail.com