Poetry at the Hive


Poetry and Place – Fri, 11 April


Four poets with assured and distinctive voices for whom ‘place’ is not just the geographical or natural environments that inform the poems, but also the human histories that unfold there, the people who are part of the landscape and part of the poem.

Fiona Sampson
Martin Malone
David Caddy
Angela France

Hosted in the Studio at The Hive.
Tickets cost £5 per person and can be purchased in person from The Hive, Level 1 Information Desk and in person or by phone from the University of Worcester Arena, Hylton Road, Worcester, WR2 5JN. The phone number for booking enquiries at the Arena is 01905 54 44 44. The Arena Box Office is open 9am- 4.30pm.

Organised as a collaboration between the University of Worcester, Ledbury Poetry Festival and the Worcestershire Literature Festival and Fringe.

Upcoming events at The Hive:
Poetry and Pollination – Fri, 09 May
Carol Ann Duffy, National Poet Laureate – Thu, 05 June

Ledbury Poetry Festival 2014

Over the next week or two we will be putting up festival events  on the website to give you an idea about who is coming and what is going on. These are provisional – times or venues may change but we know that many of you need to book time off and think about accommodation so thought this would help you make your decision about when to come. Please click on the link Festival Programme So Far! in posts.

Poetry and Meditation Retreat, 7 July – 11 July 2014

This event is now open for booking – spaces are limited.

Detailed information and booking details >>

We have tied up with Psychologies magazine to offer one lucky winner a place on this mediation retreat.  Buy the June issue of the magazine to be in with a chance to win!

Terms &Conditions

The meditation retreat will take place from 07/07/2014 – 11/07/2014 at Adhisthana Retreat, Coddington Hall, Coddington, Herefordshire, HR8 1JL.  The prize includes 4 nights’ accommodation in a shared room and all food and soft drinks.  there is no alcohol at the retreat.  It also includes meditation tuition and practice led by Maitreyabandhu each morning and writing workshops in the afternoons. No travel will be paid for.  There is no cash alternative.

Provisional festival programme


The Ledbury Poetry Festival Poetry Competition for 2014 is now open!

First Prize: £1000 and a week at Ty Newydd the National Writers’ Centre for Wales www.tynewydd.org

Closing date: Thursday 10th July 2014.

We are delighted to announce that Radio 3 presenter of The Verb, Ian McMillan will be the judge in all categories (Adults, Young People and Children). Ian will also be appearing at the summer festival (4 – 13 July 2014).

the verbal gymnastics of a north country Spike Milligan coupled with the comic timing of Eric Morecambe’ Martin Dimery, Frome Festival

Ian McMillan Portrait 1

Ian McMillan by Andy Boag

For a full list of rules and to download a competition form please go to: Poetry Competition Page