192pp D8voHwaet!

Hwaet!  A new anthology of 200 poems brought together by Mark Fisher to celebrate 20 Years of Ledbury Poetry Festival is now on sale priced £10.00.

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*** Extra Workshop Added ***

Kim Moore Workshop : Illuminated Moments

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                               Saturday 2 July, 10am – 12noon

                           John Masefield Archive Room in The Master’s House


We can all remember certain moments in our lives which we will always carry with us.  How do we write about those moments without slipping into sentimentality or melodrama?  Writing a poem about a moment that is important to us can capture it forever, reaching beyond the bounds of our own lives into the universality of human experience.  During this workshop we will be looking at different techniques for using our own lives, and our remembered moments as material.


***Sold Out Events***

Mark Doty Workshop: In Favour of Complication Sun 3

3. Jacob Polley Workshop:  Finding A Place for Poetry Sat 2

6. Jacob Polley Workshop: Re-visioning the Poem Sat 2

23. One to Ones with Jacob Polley Mon 4

27. Gertrude Bell Mon 4

57. Sarah Howe Workshop: The Heart’s Archaeology Sat 9

60. One to Ones with Deryn Rees-Jones Sat 9



Ledbury Poetry Salons – next Salon Wednesday 8 June

Final Ledbury Poetry Salon before the Festival with featured poet Cliff Yates on Wednesday 8 June, 7pm – 9pm, the Panelled Room in The Master’s House. Tickets are £5 to include a glass of Poetry Gold cider.

Ledbury Poetry Salons being with a reading and conversation with a featured poet. The second part of the evenings are open to you, with short reading slots available. These slots are open to all (sign up on the night) and are a chance to share your poems in an intimate setting with a friendly audience. We welcome experienced writers and those starting to read their poetry. 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.  Listen to previous Poetry Salons with David Clarke, Myra Connell, Maitreyabandhu, Carrie Etter, Damian Walford Davies and Adam Horovitz.

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

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Poetry and Meditation Day Retreats

with Maitreyabandhu, Fiona Sampson and Matthew Sweeney

Poetry and Body/ Poetry and Breath

Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 July

Writing becomes poetry when something more is uncovered beyond habitual, everyday consciousness. Meditation and mindfulness help us step out of our noisy head into raw, direct experience enabling us to experience that more. We need to leave behind what we think we know so that imagination can take us into the not-yet-known.

On these two, daylong retreats we will be combine meditation with poetry and writing. The retreats will build on each other, although you can book for either day separately. The mornings will focus on meditation while the afternoon will open out from meditation into writing with the help of Fiona Sampson and Matthew Sweeney.

Video about the Poetry and Meditation Retreat

The retreats are held at Adhisthana, a Buddhist Retreat Centre just outside of Ledbury and will include a vegetarian lunch. No interest in Buddhism is assumed or expected.

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Fiona Sampson will be leading a poetry workshop as part of the day on 6th July. In the evening she’ll be the guest of PoetryEast discussing her new collection, The Catch (Chatto).

Matthew Sweeney will be leading a poetry workshop on 7th July. In the evening he’ll be the guest of PoetryEast discussing his new collection, Inquisition Lane (Bloodaxe).

Led by Buddhist poet, Maitreyabandhu. Maitreyabandhu has published two collections with Bloodaxe, The Crumb Road, and Yarn. He has been an ordained Buddhist for 26 years. The Crumb Road is a PBS Recommendation.

Booking: Booking essential. Please arrive at 9.30am to register. A limited amount of accommodation is available at Adhisthana for those who’d like to stay for both days. Please book this separately at: admin@adhisthana.org

Price: £56 for one day or £92 for both days (price does not include the PoetryEast evening events).

Wednesday 6th July, 7.30pm – 9.45pm (with a tea break) PoetryEast: Maitreyabandhu in conversation with Fiona Sampson. Fiona Sampson has published twenty books of poetry and criticism. She won the Newdigate Prize, and been shortlisted for both the Forward and T.S. Eliot Prize. She was the editor of Poetry Review for seven years and is currently editor of Poem. ‘A major poet’ – Tim Liardet in PN Review. Fiona will be in conversation with Maitreyabandhu and launching her new collection The Catch (Chatto). Tickets £12

Thursday 7th July, 7.30pm – 9.45pm (with a tea break) PoetryEast: Maitreyabandhu in conversation with Matthew Sweeney. Matthew Sweeney has been shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and for the Irish Times Poetry Now Award. His collection Horse Music won the inaugural Pigott Poetry Prize in association with Listowel Writers’ Week, and is a PBS Recommendation. ‘Matthew Sweeney is a force for good in British poetry’ – Ruth Padel. Michael will be in conversation with Maitreyabandhu and will read from his new collection Inquisition Lane. Tickets £12

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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.

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 finance@poetry-festival.co.uk) 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