The LPF office will be closed from Friday 19th December to Monday 5th January.

We hope that you all have a lovely Christmas and see you in the New Year!

Next Year’s Festival Dates are 3 – 12 July 2015.

The box office opens for Friends on 14th May and for everyone else on 16th May. The phone number is 0845 4581743. If interested in becoming a  Friend please contact Sandra our Finance Manager on the above number or email – we will not be taking bookings for Pam Ayres (attending the Festival on 5th July) until the 14th May.

Ledbury Poetry Festival Poetry Competition Results 2014

The results are in at last and I am delighted to announce that the winner of our poetry competition for 2014 is Jonathan Edwards with his poem ‘Servant Minding A Seat for his Master Before a Performance of The Rivals Covent Garden Theatre, 1775.’  Second places goes to Jacqueline Saphra for ‘My Friend Juliet’s Icelandic Lover’ and third place  to Laura Seymour for ‘Cutting Chips’.  In the 12 – 17 age group first place goes to Isla Anderson for ‘Letter for a Postbox Filled With Rain’, second place to Helen Ridout for ‘Poems Written in the Dead of Night’ and third place to Katharina Dixon-Ward for ‘Tube’. Finally in the under 11 age group first place goes to Poppy Smart for ‘Leonardo devinci losing the plot’, second place to Christy Fielder for ‘Teardrops’ and third place to Lilly Lees for ‘Where Reality Ends’.

Congratulations to all our winners – you can hear them read as part of the Festival in 2015 where Ian will be introducing the event. For more details we will be putting the winning poems on our competition page shortly.  Thank you to everyone who entered.

And thank you to Ty Newydd, the National Writers’ Centre for Wales for supporting this competition.

 The Poetry Orchard Celebration Events at The Big Apple Festival

Sunday 12 October Reading with Paul Henry and Poetry Orchard Contributors

2.30pm, Hellens Manor

Paul Henry, Herefordshire Poet in Residence, will share his online Poetry Orchard.  Launched with his own poem ‘Windfalls’, The Poetry Orchard has been growing all year.  Each poem takes its title from a named Herefordshire apple variety, and the poems are diverse and full of flavour.  Joined by some of the contributors, Paul will lead this event among the trees at Hellens (indoors if wet).

Saturday 11 October Community Art Day with Jeanette McCulloch

11am to 5pm, Hellens Manor

Community art celebrating Herefordshire’s apple names.  Jeanette McCulloch will be on hand to help create a splash of orchard colours for tomorrow’s poetry reading from your simple textile hangings.  Pick your favourite apple name and create your own design.  All materials provided.

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It’s over for another year…

Ledbury Poetry Festival 2014 has now ended.  Thank you to all to attended or took part in the 100 or so events of the past 10 days.  Make a note of Friday 3rd July Sunday 12th July 2015 for next year’s festival.

Listen again…

We are making available audio recordings of some of the events that you might like to listen to again, or for the first time if you didn’t get to the event.

Go to the 2014 Audio Highlights page to see what’s there already.

Just a few photos from the first day…

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LPF is delighted to announce it is retaining its NPO status with the Arts Council and is looking forward to the next three years.