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The Poetry Machine is the perfect magic experience for your next event. Beth Calverley, Chief Operator of The Poetry Machine, will fire up her marvellous wheel-along machine and craft beautiful, intuitive poems on her vintage typewriter for your guests. She asks each guest a few questions and within minutes they are captivated by their unique heart-warming poem.

If you prefer, you can book Beth to perform a bespoke poem live at your event or entertain your guests with a mesmerising spoken word set. Beth also curates festival spoken word programmes for the whole family.

Perfect for:

- Weddings

- Corporate events

- Launch events

- Music & literary festivals

- Anniversary celebrations

- Birthday parties

- Retirement parties

- Memorial services

- Family occasions

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This is your stop if you want to book The Poetry Machine for your next event - whether that's a wedding, a 5-year-old birthday party or a Christmas 'do. Your guests are guaranteed to be talking about it for months and years to come.



If you would prefer to commission a beautiful poem for your launch event or celebration, and have it performed live at the event to your guests, this is the stop for you! Beth will work with you to put your truth into words. Simply get in touch to get the magic started.



Beth produces festival stages at festivals and other events around the country. She has a talent for curating diverse and varied programmes that keeps guests of all ages coming back to the spoken word stage for more warmth and wonder.

Photo credit: @It'sJust.ART

University of the West England Freshers' Fair

Beth fired up The Poetry Machine on campus at UWE Freshers' Fair, welcoming students with a chat and specially crafted poem.

The nervous new students were delighted at the chance to receive free bespoke poems, created before their very eyes in just a few minutes. Many of the poems centred on home and belonging, and will take pride of place on brand new bedroom walls throughout the year.

One student from Hong Kong said "you've really encouraged me!"

(Photo Credit: Super Funky Penguin Photography)

Arnos Vale Life Death & The Rest Festival

The Poetry Machine helps people to put truths into words that they may otherwise struggle to express. Beth is honoured to be a fixture at the annual Arnos Vale Festival as part of the Life, Death & The Rest festival.

As well as running workshops to help people commemorate loved ones in their own words, Beth sets up her typewriter in areas of busy footfall, crafting live poetry for guests.

Each year, guests tell Beth she has helped them to share truths they haven't been able to say out loud before, and resurface memories of loved ones in a healing and positive collaboration.


2018 was Beth's first year taking The Poetry Machine to WOMAD with the fantastic Hip Yak Poetry Shack. She had a continuous line of people queuing for free poems, and many of them said it was a highlight of their festival experience.

The person who received this poem has been going to WOMAD every year for 15 years!

Valley Festival

Every year, Beth co-produces the spoken word, storytelling and acoustic music stage at Valley Festival, named The Gathering Place.

This is a safe and trusted space within the festival, where guests return again and again to wind down and absorb some magic. From ukulele jams to Teatime Tales and breath-taking spoken word showcases, there is truly something for everyone.

A highlight of this year's festival was when a group of young ones who had just enjoyed Teatime Tales were asked "who wants to be poets and storytellers when they grow up?" Everyone put their hands up!

"We met Beth at Valley Fest in August. We spoke briefly, offered a few words and the result was 2 fabulous poems which are so apt for us. We were so impressed. We are delighted that Beth can offer more poems at my husband's retirement do in November."