COME weekend and well-known broadcaster and author Stuart Maconie will be in the Kendal Poetry Festival spotlight, reading from the One for the Road anthology he wrote and edited with Yorkshire poet Helen Mort.

Stuart appears at Kendal's Castle Green Hotel on Sunday, between 3pm-4pm, alongside a fantastic range of writing workshops, talks, readings and a late-night open-mic session that will take place at the hotel during the whole festival weekend.

Running from Thursday until Sunday, September 6-9, Pauline Yarwood and Kim Moore's third annual poetry gathering begins with an open-mic session at the Waterside Café in Kendal. The event, held in association with the Kendal Mountain Festival, will be hosted by Dove Cottage Young Poets and will feature poems that explore the environment, nature, landscape and our place in the world.

Elsewhere on Friday, local poets Polly Atkin and Kate Davis read at Kendal Library and among the children's events on Saturday at the library will be Poetry Rhyme Time for the under 5s plus a reading by Dean Parkin from his book Bubble Wrap.

Also included in KPF's 2018 literary line-up is one of the UK’s foremost poets, Patience Agbabi.

Festival tickets are available from the Brewery Arts Centre on 01539-725133

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