The Festival of Hope

Thursday 23 April 2020

“I hope, we hope. So many conversations, messages, emails or letters sent to you or by you in the last months begin with these words. Hope is the final, ultimate aspiration that stays caught in Pandora’s box after all evil is being released among humans. Hope is a key concept of imagining a different, a better future in the most difficult, unpredictable and challenging times.“ [The Festival of Hope, 23-30 April 2020]

We are delighted to be a contributing partner in the international virtual Festival of Hope organised by the Versopolis poetry network which launches today with a live discussion with Carolyn Forche and other poets about what writing means in times of crises, what kind of changes we are facing and what poetic texts marked their personal undersatanding of hope: a reading, a discussion, a testimony of challenging times.

The Festival of Hope has been arranged very quickly and we are waiting for more information to appear on their website but didn’t want to delay to flag this up, and we expect that by 5pm today (6pm CET) when the launch event is due to begin, more information will be available on their website. We understand that each day they will announce the programme for the following day.

Around 40 poetry festivals from around the world are contributing partners so the offerings should be very diverse. StAnza has contributed four digital projects from this year’s festival and gives a chance to see these again.

The website address is:

We do hope you’ll be able to enjoy some of what’s on offer from the Festival of Hope.

In other news, the deadline for entries to the Poetry London Prize, a major, internationally renowned award for a single outstanding poem, is fast approaching. This year's judge is the brilliant Ilya Kaminsky. First prize is £5,000, second prize is £2,000, and third prize is £1,000. Enter by midnight on 1 May here: