The Poetry&Words stage is the only stage dedicated to poetry at Glastonbury festival. It has been going since 1992 and has hosted great powerhouses like Carol Ann Duffy, Kate Tempest and Luke Wright. This year will be no exception to the talent, veteran and emerging, sounding off inside the pavilion tent.

But not all of us are going to Glastonbury. Some of us have to stay home and keep the cities populated. There are ups to this, we can smile when the rain comes, knowing that whilst we will get wet we will be dry again. We can sit in the comfort of our own living rooms and watch the highlights without having to squeeze between crowds of anoraks and sweaty backs. It’s pretty nice really, especially if you’re not an outdoorsy type.

With that in mind, this year’s Poetry&Words line up features a percentage of artists who have their collections published with Burning Eye Books! So if you’re sat in the office or on a train or something, here are our favourites by Anna Freeman, Vanessa Kisuule, Megan Beech, Dan Simpson and Harry Baker:

You can check out more videos from more poets on our Videos page.

To everyone off to Glastonbury this weekend, have a great time! If you’re not, have a lovely weekend anyway.

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