About the GPS
The Gloucestershire Poetry Society was founded in 2016 by Ziggy Dicks as a way of uniting poets and spoken word performers in the Gloucestershire area.
It quickly became more than that, however, when it became a phenomenon. The Gloucestershire Poetry Society boasts national and international poets in its ranks. Every member of The GPS shares the attitude that everyone is welcome, wherever you are from, whether you have been writing for 10 months, 10 years or 10 days, there is a place for you.
If you want to read poetry, write poetry or perform poetry/spoken word this is the place for you. The Gloucestershire Poetry Society has one vision and one alone and that is "Poetry is for everyone" and it should be shared. Welcome to the Gloucestershire Poetry Society.
The Birth of The Gloucester Poetry Festival
When The Gloucestershire Poetry Society was founded it became a success over night. Poets came out of every darkened shadow with the hope of sharing their work. They were overjoyed with opportunities to share but something was missing. A stage, a platform, that everyone could get behind. Something ostentatious and different. Something that would show the world how prolific Gloucester is for creative writing and performance.
There are fantastic local events but they are specialist. So, the Gloucestershire Poetry Society determined that they would honour the amazing poetry being created in Gloucester and build upon local events. The Gloucestershire Poetry Society has set out to do what has never been done before, create an international platform for poets to perform and an opportunity for all poets of every level to be involved.
The Gloucester Poetry Festival was created by The Gloucestershire Poetry Society soon after and plans were made to create a staging ground for spoken word artists and page poets to perform. Everyone pulled together as a team. In keeping with the ethos of the Gloucestershire Poetry Society all are welcome.