HWAET! 20 Years Of Ledbury Poetry Festival

Ledbury has brought together poets from all over the world in the past 20 years and the anthology, edited by Mark Fisher and published by Bloodaxe Books, is a distillation of the many voices who have passed through this historic market town. The festival has given confidence to many in their writing such as Katrina Naomi who won the LPF Text Read More …

Book of Job – The Musical

I don’t like musicals, and I’m not that keen on religion, either, so when I was dragged along to see The Book of Job – the Musical, it was very much under protest. But from the first song, I was hooked. Since then I’ve seen it three times, and listened to the recording many times Read More …

Dinah Prentice Exhibition at The Feathers

Dinah Prentice will be showing her print / prose / poems during the Ledbury Poetry Festival at The Feathers Hotel “I found myself explaining the sources and repercussions that accompany print making. Thought processes wander off into what Keats called negative capability. I resurrect  features I have used in previous works: Parts of seascapes, cliff Read More …

Recordings now online

We are recording many of the events and some of those from Day 1 and Day 2 are now available as podcasts. Go to http://www.poetry-festival.co.uk/series/festival-2016/ to listen to them or use the link at the bottom of each page of the site.

Poetry as Protest

‘Poetry as Protest’ – LEDBURY POETRY FESTIVAL and English PEN Throughout this year’s Ledbury Poetry Festival (1-10 July), twenty-five poets will be taking part in ‘Poetry as Protest’, a joint initiative to highlight the many poets currently at risk around the world.  Each of the poets will read a short poem or extract by the writer Read More …

Walking on Stilts: Four Days at the European Poet of Freedom Festival, Gdansk by Jonathan Edwards

Walking on Stilts: Four Days at the European Poet of Freedom Festival, Gdansk by Jonathan Edwards It’s difficult to walk on stilts. It’s difficult to walk on stilts on cobblestones. It’s difficult to walk on stilts when it’s a bright day, and you’re wearing a floor-length (even in stilts) heavy tartan coat, and you’re anxious Read More …

Poetry Salon Tuesday 9 February with Maitreyabandhu

Poetry Salon, Tuesday 9 February featuring Maitreyabandhu and our friendly and supportive open mic session! 7pm – 9pm, Ledbury Master’s House in the Panelled Room. Just come along! £5 including a glass of Poetry Gold cider.   Maitreyabandhu lives and works at the London Buddhist Centre, teaching Buddhism and meditation and also teaches at Adhisthana Read More …

Community Programme Sessions

Ledbury Poetry Festival poet Brenda Reed-Brown is commencing sessions at St Michael’s Hospice, Hereford for day care patients. Brenda is also resuming her therapeutic work with patients in the Living Well group in doctors’ surgeries. For a captivating display of the fantastic work Brenda and other Poetry Festival poets do in the community, stay tuned Read More …

14.01.2016 – Worldwide Reading of selected poems and other texts in support of Ashraf Fayadh

On 14 January 2016 – Ledbury Poetry Festival is participating in a Worldwide Reading of selected poems and other texts in support of Ashraf Fayadh, a Palestinian poet who has been sentenced to death by a Saudi court. The reading will happen at 1pm under The Market House in Ledbury. An appeal has been launched Read More …