Don’t miss your chance to hear from two of the poetry world’s brightest new voices. Rachel Long is the leader of Octavia Poetry Collective for Womxn of Colour and joins us to read from her highly-anticipated debut, My Darling from the Lions, a vivid collection with a razor-sharp perspective on sexual politics and cultural inheritance. New Zealand poet and recent recipient of the Nan Shepherd Prize for Nature Writing Nina Mingya Powles ’ first full collection Magnolia dwells within the tender, shifting borderland between languages, and between poetic forms, to examine the shape and texture of memories, of myths, and of a mixed-race girlhood.

In order to manage audiences safely into each of our venues, we ask that you arrive up to 40 minutes before the event starts. See the Plan Your Visit section for detailed venue arrival times.

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My Darling from the Lions Magnolia


Town Hall, Pillar Room

The Town Hall, situated on Imperial Gardens in the centre of Cheltenham comprises of a Grand Main Hall, distinguished by its Corinthian styles columns and coved ceiling. The Main Hall is accompanied by dining and drawing rooms, as well as the Pillar Room bar.

The venue’s early 20th century Edwardian elegance makes it the classic ‘shoebox’ concert hall. With a seating capacity of 900, the Town Hall is perfectly suited to grand symphony orchestra performances with a thrilling impact.


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