Launceston Poetry Cup (Saturday Evening)

From 6:30 pm

The highlight of the weekend is the iconic Launceston Poetry Cup. Open to all, our poets have just one minute to impress the audience with a piece of original work.

*Links will take you to the ticket sales page of Theatre North, our Festival host for 2023.

How to enter/FAQs/what to expect

Anyone attending the event in person may enter.  They will deliver an original poem in strictly one minute or less. A hooter sounds at one minute.

The winner is decided on the volume and positive enthusiasm of the audience’s applause/response received.

The winner receives a small cup and their name is engraved on the large perpetual Launceston Poetry Cup.

Register for the cup from 6:30pm at the venue.

Note on Saturday morning open mic session

The Saturday morning open mic is not necessarily a practice run for the Cup, but it could be. Please keep in mind that we’d love to see more people present their poems, not necessarily more performances by a few! So please be aware of who else you could encourage to have a go at either/any opportunity.