Ledbury Talking Poetry

A final Poetry Salon for 2015 with Damian Walford Davies on Thursday 10 December. The first part of the evening will involve a reading from Judas and conversation. The second part is open to you, with short reading slots available. These slots are open to all and are a chance to share your poems in an intimate setting with a supportive audience. We welcome experienced writers and those starting to read their poetry. Hopefully through these ‘poetry salons’ we can build a supportive community of writers and listeners in Ledbury all year round, as well as during the Ledbury Poetry Festival.

Tuesday 10 November
Featuring Damian Walford Davies reading his poems and in conversation with Ledbury Poetry Festival Artistic Director Chloe Garner
7pm – 9pm, £5 to include a drink and festive nibbles! (no need to book – just come along!)
Panelled Room, The Master’s House

We hope you enjoy these images taken during the 2015 Ledbury Poetry Festival

Walt Whitman said ‘To have great poets, there must be great audiences’.
Poets from across the globe, great actors performing the works of legends, exciting new voices, opportunities to write and perform, music, film, fun family events.

 John Burnside was our Festival poet in residence and he offered workshops, gave a reading and also talked about his ‘desert island poems’. The Festival also featured Simon Armitage, Pam Ayres, Sophie Hannah, Jane Yeh, Denise Riley, Imtiaz Dharker, Nic Aubury, Don Paterson, Steve Ely, Eleanor Rees, Matthew Clegg, Chris Jones and Paul Henry. Rowan Williams appeared in conversation with Marina Warner on Poetry and Belief. James Booth talked about Philip Larkin. As always we hosted the brilliant Foyle Young Poets and Eric Gregory Award Winners, plus winners of the National Poetry Competition. We are excited to have welcomed our own Ledbury Poetry Competition winner and recent Costa Prize winner, Jonathan Edwards, in an event hosted by Ian McMillan. Juliet Stevenson read Emily Dickinson poems, with Mark Fisher giving the context.

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