Preview of 2017!

Press here for a preview of the 21st anniversary Festival and see names already confirmed for 2017! It’s a great start to what will be a bumper festival exploding onto the streets. Our next update will be in the new year with even more wonderful poets and performers appearing

Take a look!


Ledbury Poetry Residential
In partnership with University of Roehampton Poetry Centre
Refreshing the Word, with Fiona Sampson and David Harsent
Monday 26 June – Thursday 29 June 2017
£450 (includes fully catered accommodation for 3 nights)

Poetry expresses the self, captures the world, and gives both poet and reader new ways of seeing. Whether you’re a keen novice or working on your fifteenth collection, and whatever your background, award-winning poets Fiona Sampson and David Harsent will help you take your work to a new level, show how the craft of poetry leads to the art of poetry, and give you new skills and ways of going on to make your future work sing. Four days of workshops, one to one tutorials and readings in a friendly, inspiring working atmosphere and the beautiful setting of Hellens Manor.

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Please do contact Sandra or Chloe in the Festival office if you have any questions at all, or any special requirements, on 01531 636232 or email

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Fantastic Beasts

Herefordshire is a county of fantastic beasts and mythical creatures – for example The Dragon of Mordiford plus the minotaur, unicorn and werewolves in the Mappa Mundi. With this in mind we ask you to give us a fantastic beast poem. Click on the Fantastic Beasts button for more details.

Fantastic Beasts

New Ledbury Poetry Salons for 2017 announced! 

The Panelled Room, The Master’s House, 7pm – 9pm, £5 (on the door) Chloe Garner 01531 636232

Do you want to discover more about poetry? Have you been looking for a place to perform your own poetry? Why not come along to the Ledbury Poetry Salons, which include an Open Mic and a Featured Poet who will read and discuss their poems. This is a chance to perform your poems to a friendly and welcoming audience and to meet other writers. Expand your enjoyment of poetry through readings and conversation! Try out poems in progress or bring along your tried and tested favourites!


Thursday 16 February
Featured poet Pia Tafdrup and Open Mic
Pia Tafdrup in conversation with Herefordshire poet in residence Fiona Sampson. Pia Tafdrup is one of Denmark’s leading poets and has received the Nordic Literature Prize – Scandinavia’s most prestigious literary award. She has published three collections with Bloodaxe Books including most recently Salamander Sun And Other Poems.


Tuesday 7 March
Featured Poet Nichola Deane and Open Mic
Trieste by Nichola Deane is one of the Laureate’s Choice series of pamphlets, chosen by Carol Ann Duffy and published by The Poetry Business. Nichola Deane was born in Bolton and now lives in Warwickshire. “Nichola Deane’s poems leave me with the very distinct feeling that what we have here is the work of a future English Elizabeth Bishop?sculptured, vocal and beautiful”. (Douglas Dunn)


Thursday 6 April
Featured Poet Rhiannon Hooson and Open Mic
Rhiannon Hooson’s debut collection is The Other City, published by Seren. She was born in Mid Wales and now lives in the Welsh marches after time spent living in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. “This is a beguiling debut.” (Graham Mort)

Tuesday 16 May (Please note this Salon will take place at Hellens Manor in Much Marcle)
Featured poet Gregory Leadbetter and Open Mic
The Fetch is Gregory Leadbetter’s first collection published by Nine Arches. He is Director of the MA in Creative Writing and the Institute of Creative and Critical Writing at Birmingham City University. “The Fetch is a terrific, precise and dazzling collection.” (David Morley)

Tuesday 6 June
Featured poet Alison Brackenbury and Open Mic
Hugely respected, Alison Brackenbury has published nine collections with Carcanet including most recently Skies, “a humble, often humorous, celebration of the everyday and the privileges of age.” (Harriet Barker, TLS)

 Listen to previous Poetry Salons with Philip Gross, Deborah Alma, Cliff Yates, Yvonne Green, David Clarke, Myra Connell, Maitreyabandhu, Carrie Etter, Damian Walford Davies and Adam Horovitz.

Poetry Salon Podcasts

Ledbury Forte Poetry Prize
For Second Collections

Ledbury Poetry Festival launches a new prize for second poetry collections: The Ledbury Forte Poetry Prize. This prize aims to support and encourage poets at the ‘mid-career’ stage with a shortlist and a prize of £5,000 for the winning second collection. The winning poet will be invited to read at a Prize Giving event at Ledbury Poetry Festival when the judges, Vahni Capildeo and Tara Bergin will announce the winner. Ledbury Forte Poetry Prize Submission Guidelines and Submission Form


Full details here

Ledbury Poetry Festival gratefully acknowledges the generosity of Olga Polizzi whose contribution makes the Ledbury Forte Poetry Prize possible.

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Festival Annual Report

The Festival’s 2016 Annual Report is out. Here is some feedback from some of our supporters:

“Very interesting. I have forgotten the sheer volume of work that you do”
“We are delighted to help such a vibrant event”
“Really pleased to read about some of the great pieces you’ve delivered this year”
“LPF is a true role model”

To read a copy, click here and please let us know any feedback!




Photos from The 2016 Festival


Recordings 2016

Many of the Ledbury Poetry Festival events are recorded and made available on this website. Over 30 of the 2016 events are now available to listen to or download through the link below.

Festival Podcasts 2016

Ledbury Poetry Salons 

 Listen to previous Poetry Salons with Philip Gross, Deborah Alma, Cliff Yates, Yvonne Green, David Clarke, Myra Connell, Maitreyabandhu, Carrie Etter, Damian Walford Davies and Adam Horovitz.

Poetry Salon Podcasts

Poetica Botanica – poetry inspired by medicinal herbs

Ledbury Poetry Festival and Hellens Garden Festival seek poems inspired by the plants in Hellens Manor Physic Garden.  Some of these were recorded during the 2016 Lebury Poetry Festival and these recordings can now be heard on the Poetica Botanica page.

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Become a Friend of Ledbury Poetry Festival

If you are interested in becoming a Friend of Ledbury Poetry Festival please contact Sandra our Finance Manager on 01531 636232 (email or you can visit the Friends page where you can now sign up on-line.


Some of our Sponsors

Arts Council England Versopolis Elmley Foundation
The Pennington-Mellor-Munthe
Charity Trust