2016 Sneak Preview

The programme is already looking very exciting for what will be the twentieth anniversary of the Ledbury Poetry Festival! We are delighted to announce that Carol Ann Duffy will return on Saturday 9 July for a gala evening with music from John Sampson and Little Machine. James Fenton, who received the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2007 and in 2015 won Read More …

Poetry By Heart

“Taking a poem into your heart makes it part of you. Saying a poem aloud makes you part of its life in the world. This is a rich and nourishing relationship that can last a lifetime.” Jean Sprackland Poetry By Heart is a national competition designed to encourage pupils aged 14-18 and at school and Read More …

Ledbury Talking Poetry

These are the first of what we hope will become monthly ‘poetry salons’. The first part of the evening will involve a reading and conversation with a featured poet. The second part is open to you, with short reading slots available. Please contact Chloe Garner (director@poetry-festival.co.uk or 01531634156) to chat about reading. These slots are Read More …

Tadeusz Dabrowski- Review of Black Square by Cristina Florescu

Tadeusz Dabrowski’s book, Black Square, is a very personal collection of poems where issues about identity, relationships and human emotions surface in a free verse filled with humour, sarcasm and sensibility. Poems such as A lover’s discourse:fragments or Resolution offer a modern portrayal of love, where romantic relationships meet technology and popular culture. The line Read More …

Poetry as Protest

English PEN and Ledbury Poetry Festival join forces to support persecuted poets On Sunday 5 July, PEN and LPF are also hosting a special discussion on poets, poetry, protest and politics, with poets George Szirtes and Sabrina Mahfouz and English PEN’s Director Jo Glanville, chaired by Ursula Owen. English PEN, a charity that supports the Read More …

Celebrating Words!

Continuing our celebration of words! Words we never want to lose: Dr. Rowan Williams says, ‘I’d propose ‘translucent’ – not just for its meaning but because it has one of the most beautiful sound sequences in the language; c.f. Milton’s Comus, ‘Under the glassy, cool, translucent wave’, which wins my prize for the most musical Read More …

Extra event with poet Pele Cox

Pele Cox will read from her new autobiographical collection The Mistress Account on Saturday 11 July at 7.15pm – 7.35pm in The Panelled Room in The Master’s House. Pele is at the Festival for an event earlier in the day on the healing power of poetry and will read the poems chosen by Rachel Kelly, Read More …

New Writers’ Programme – Versopolis

Versopolis: Promoting and translating emerging poets in partnership with 10 other European Festivals This is a European poetry platform that creates new opportunities for emerging European poets and is supported by the European Commission’s Creative Europe programme and coordinated by Beletrina Academic Press, who also organises the Days of Poetry and Wine Festival. Excellent poets Read More …