Audio Highlights 2015

We recorded some of the events at the 2015 festival and have posted these recordings on this page so you can listen again if you enjoyed a performance or want to catch up with one you might have missed.  The 2014 recordings are still available here>>

Friday 3rd July

Write, Shout and Sing Out Loud: Rivers(Six local primary schools perform songs and poems inspired by rivers)

Dangerous Women(Read by Juliet Stevenson, Abigail Thaw and Francesca Annis and hosted by Ursula Owen and Mark Fisher)

Melding Voices: Mamta Sagar and Mark Gwynne Jones(England's Peak District meets India's Karnataka region in a spoken word poetry show)


Saturday 4th July

Juliet Stevenson reads Emily Dickinson(with Mark Fisher)

Larry Beckett and George Wallace(Two very different American poets, both inspired by The Beats)

Maya Angelou Tribute(Hosted by Ursula Owen and featuring a number of Festival poets reading)


Sunday 5th July

Merion Jordan and Paul Henry: Readings and conversation(Hosted by Ursula Owen. Meirion Jordan stood in at short notice for Don Paterson, who was ill .)

The Growing Shadow(Michael Pennington traces the shadow of war leading up to the great poems of WW1. Mark Fisher narrates.)

Maddy Paxman on Michael Donaghy(Maddy Paxman, Michael's widow, discusses his life and his powerful and complex poetry - readings by George Szirtes.)

Poetry as Protest(George Szirtes, Josh Ekroy and Jo Glanville discuss poetry, protest and politics)

Versopolis: A Celebration of Emerging European Poets(Strong performers writing vivid and original poetry. Apologies for the missed introduction and poor recording quality in places.)

Ledbury Poetry Slam 2015 - Part 1(16 poets take part in the opening heats of the 2015 slam. Introduced by Sara-Jane Arbury and Elvis McGonagall)

Ledbury Poetry Slam 2015 - Part 2(The semi-final and final of the 2015 slam. Introduced by Sara-Jane Arbury and Elvis McGonagall)


Monday 6th July

Spiritualised Landscapes in American Poetry(A seminar led by Dr David Arnold, Senior Lecturer in English and Literary Studies at The University of Worcester .)

Walt Whitman and Beyond by George Wallace(George Wallace reads selected works by Walt Whitman. Some interference from a mobile phone close to a microphone.)

Pavilion Poets: Mona Arshi, Sarah Corbett and Eleanor Rees(Pavilion Poetry is launched with collections by three poets.)


Tuesday 7th July

W.B Yeats and Belief(Dr Whitney Standlee offers a participatory talk on W.B. Yeats and belief.)

National Poetry Competition Winners(First prize winner Roger Philip Dennis and third prize winner Fran Lock join judge Roddy Lumsden)

Poetry and Belief, with Rowan Williams and Marina Warner(A fascinating and provocative conversation with two great thinkers.)


Wednesday 8th July

Poetry and Cider(Ruth Stacey, Lesley Ingram and Sarah James celebrate the launch of their new collections)


Thursday 9th July

Desert Island Poems with Shirley Williams(Mark Fisher in conversation with Shirley Williams and her favourite poetry. First few minutes not recorded.)

Desert Island Poems with Michael Palin(Mark Fisher in conversation with Michael Palin and some of his favourite poetry.)


Friday 10th July

John Burnside's Desert Island Poems(Festival poet in residence, John Burnside, tells Mark Fisher about his essential poems.)

The Raving Beauties Present: Hallelujah for 50ft Women(Poems about women's relationship to their bodies.)


Saturday 11th July

This land lives and its dead cannot die’: Steve Ely’s Englaland(Steve Ely reads from his collections 'Oswald’s Book of Hours' (2013) and 'Englaland' (2015))

Neil Astley on Rosemary Tonks(Neil Astley tells the story of Rosemary Tonks, the poet who famously 'disappeared' in the 1970s)

Poetry Society Foyle Young Poets(Porky the Poet (Phill Jupitus) introduces winners and former winners of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award)

Rachel Kelly on The Healing Power of Poetry(Journalist Rachel Kelly’s memoir, 'Black Rainbow: How words healed me' charts her own journey through depression)

Personae and Place: a performance by Matthew Clegg, Emma Bolland and Chris Jones(Act 1: Poems by Matthew Clegg, with Emma Bolland on violin. Act 2: Chris Jones' sequence 'Jigs and Reels')


Sunday 12th July

Tadeusz Dabrowski and Antonia Lloyd-Jones(Conversation between Polish poet Tadeusz Dabrowski and his translator, Antonia Lloyd-Jones)

World Poetry for Children(Marina Boroditskaya is Russia's foremost translator of English children's literature. Hosted by Sasha Dugdale)

John Donne in The Courtyard(Mark Fisher introduces Michael Pennington who reads some of Donne's love poems (in the Great Barn because of rain).)

Ko Un and Brother Anthony(Korean poet, Ko Un, appears with his translator, Bother Anthony, to chat and share his poetry)


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