The Pen and Parchment

Our “Talking Tent” returns, dedicated to celebrating the spoken word. Featuring: comedy, poetry, debate and interviews.


Words… lyrics, speech, language, literature; what we’re really talking about here is communication, interaction and bringing people together. The curators of the Pen and Parchment have built on last year’s ‘first look’ and they’re bringing it back for 2018… but bigger and better.

The positive responses we received in reaction to this stage last year were astounding. We are delighted to welcome John Robb to our line-up this year. John is an award-winning journalist and heads up Louder Than War. We could think of nobody better than he to interview our guests during his afternoon takeovers; boasting a music writing career spanning thirty years. Read more about our very special guest here

Here’s a look at what’s in store for you for 2018, including THREE nights of comedy:



A Chorus of Comedy: Tony Cowards, Cerys Nelmes, Gavin Pond, James Ryan. Compered by the talent that is Jon Wagstaffe.



Midday: Kid’s Magic Workshop

13:15: Fighter of the Nightman

14:00: Magic performance from Infiniti Magician

From 15:30: John Robb Interviews:

15:30: Pop Will Eat Itself

16:30 TBC

17:30: Neal X, Chris Musto and Claire Hirst (The Montecristos)

17:45: Pete The Temp

19:00: Comedy



11:00: Kids Spoken Word/Poetry Workshop

Midday: Kids Talent Show 

From 13:30: Tent Talks:

13:30: Greenpeace – ‘Combatting the Plastic Problem’

14:00: Mindfulness and Mental Wellbeing – ‘How do we live in the moment?’

14:30: ‘What Is Yoga and How Does It Benefit Us?’

From15:30: John Robb Interviews:

15:30: Jah Wobble (Public Image Ltd, Memoirs of a Geezer)

16:30: Rat Scabies (The Damned)

17:30: Jake Denton interviews John Robb

19:00: John McClure (Reverend and the Makers)

20:00-22:00: Comedy



11:00-Midday: Cacao Ceremony Experience: Hangover Recuperation!

Midday-13:00: Kids Silent Disco

From 13:00: Spoken Word Sessions:

13:00: Joe Beau

13:20 Kurly

13:40: Matt Windle: Birmingham’s Poet Laureate

14:00: Annual Lakefest Poetry Slam (We Need YOU!)

15:00: Massive Lakefest Music Quiz

16:00: Will Hunt

17:00 The Antipoet


Don’t Miss:

Kids Talent Show

A chance for our Little Lakefesters to shine on the stage. Gather at the stage at midday on Saturday and we’ll aim to get as many starlets on our stage as we can. Each child must be accompanied by an adult and full parent/ guardian permission given.

The winner will receive a family ticket to Lakefest 2019

The annual lakefest poetry slam

We need you! If you have a way with words, then this is your chance to share your poetry or prose. You can rap, speak, chant, rhyme it up (or not)… we don’t mind! But we would love to have you take part in this and to see you use your words on our stage.

To enter please email:

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