Poems for page and performance form part of Winchester Poetry Day, which brings together some of the UK’s most celebrated contemporary poets for a day of workshops, close readings and performances. Poets Sarah Howe, Sasha Dugdale, Sarah Hesketh, Hannah Lowe, Rachel Curzon and Matt West, will be on hand to explore poetry writing techniques, talk about their poetic practice and share their insights throughout the day.The winner of the second Winchester Poetry Prize – worth £1,000 – will also be announced by poet and judge Sarah Howe. Now in its second year, the competition, which is run in partnership with Hampshire Cultural Trust, attracted 1500 entries in 2016. A special prize for the best poem by a Hampshire-based poet has been donated by Warren & Son. The prize-giving will feature readings by the commended and prize-winning poets whose work will also be published in an anthology.Artistic Co-directors of Winchester Poetry Festival, Sasha Dugdale and Sarah Hesketh, will also reveal their plans for the 2018 Festival, the third in the series, which has seen some of the UK’s most renowned and emerging poets descend on the city for a weekend dedicated to poetry in all its forms.Saturday 14th October.