Festival Films

Some film clips recorded at this and previous Ledbury Poetry Festivals

Kayo Chingonyi reading: Saturday 9th July 2017

Kayo Chingonyi reads and introduces a selection of his poems at Ledbury Poetry Festival on Saturday 9th July 2017, when he shared the stage with Miriam Nash, launching his debut collection Kumukanda, published by Chatto & Windus.

Miriam Nash reading: Saturday 9th July 2017

Miriam Nash won an Eric Gregory Award for her poetry in 2015 and read at Ledbury Poetry Festival in the annual Gregory Poets reading. The following day she got married. Exactly two years later, on Saturday 9th July 2017, she returned to Ledbury to launch her first collection, All the Prayers in the House, published by Bloodaxe, including the poem she recited at her wedding, ‘Love Song for a Keeper’. She shared the stage with Kayo Chingonyi.

Louis de Paor reading: Friday 8th July 2017

Louis de Paor reads and introduces a selection of his poems in Irish and English at Ledbury Poetry Festival on Friday 8th July 2017, when he shared the stage with fellow Irish poets Jane Clarke and Rita Ann Higgins. The poems he reads are from his dual language edition The Brindled Cat and the Nightingale’s Tongue (Bloodaxe Books, 2014). Filmed by Pamela Robertson-Pearce.

Rita Ann Higgins reading: Friday 8th July 2017

Rita Ann Higgins reads and introduces a selection of her poems at Ledbury Poetry Festival on Friday 8th July 2017, when she shared the stage with fellow Irish poets Jane Clarke and Louis de Paor. The poems she reads are from her Bloodaxe collections Throw in the Vowels: New & Selected Poems (2005), Ireland Is Changing Mother (2011) and Tongulish (2016), plus new work. Filmed by Pamela Robertson-Pearce.

Jane Clarke reading: Friday 8th July 2017

Jane Clarke reads and introduces a selection of her poems at Ledbury Poetry Festival on Friday 8th July 2017, when she shared the stage with fellow Irish poets Rita Ann Higgins and Louis de Paor. The poems she reads are from her Bloodaxe collection The River (2015) plus new work. Filmed by Pamela Robertson-Pearce.

Tony Hoagland reading: Saturday 1st July 2017

Tony Hoagland reads and introduces a selection of his poems at Ledbury Poetry Festival on Saturday 1st July 2017, when he shared the stage with Thomas Lynch. The poems he reads are from three books published in the UK by Bloodaxe Books: What Narcissism Means to Me: Selected Poems (2005), Unincorporated Persons in the Late Honda Dynasty (2010) and Application for Release from the Dream (2015).

Thomas Lynch reading: Saturday 1st July 2017

Thomas Lynch reads and introduces a selection of his poems at Ledbury Poetry Festival on Saturday 1st July 2017, when he shared the stage with Tony Hoagland. All the poems he read at Ledbury are not yet available in book form, apart from the last poem in his reading, ‘Refusing at Fifty-Two to Write Sonnets’, which is from Walking Papers (Jonathan Cape, 2010).

Tony Hoagland: The American Poetic Voice: Monday 3rd July 2017

What is most distinctive about the American poetic voice? It may be its democratic vernacular, its elasticity, its plainness of style, its life-giving vulgarity, its pragmatism, its materialism, its self-regard, or its humour. Tony Hoagland uses examples to analyse, admire and illustrate some of the specific secrets of the American voice, providing a means for considering the craft of any poetic voice.

Frieda Hughes reads from Alternative Values: 6th July 2016

Frieda Hughes reads and introduces a selection of poems – with their paintings – from her book Alternative Values: poems & paintings (Bloodaxe Books, 2015). Filmed by Pamela Robertson-Pearce.

James Fenton reading: 2nd July 2016

This video includes three poems from James Fenton’s reading: ‘In Paris with You’, ‘The Ballad of the Imam and the Shah’ and ‘The Ballad of the Shrieking Man’. These poems are from his book Yellow Tulips: Poems 1968-2011 (Faber, 2012).

Matthew Sweeney reading: 6th July 2016

Matthew Sweeney reads and introduces five poems from his Bloodaxe collection, Inquisition Lane (2015). This video shows part of his reading following an interview with Maitreyabandhu at the Adisthana Retreat Centre, Coddington.

Arundhathi Subramaniam reading: 8th July 2016

Arundhathi Subramaniam reads and introduces a selection of poems from her two Bloodaxe titles, When God Is a Traveller and Where I Live: New & Selected Poems. This video shows part of the reading she gave at Ledbury Poetry Festival following an interview with Maitreyabandu.

Mark Waldron reading: 3rd July 2016

Mark Waldron reads and introduces a selection of poems from his new Bloodaxe collection,Meanwhile, Trees (2016), together with two poems from The Itchy Sea (Salt Publishing, 2011). Filmed by Pamela Robertson-Pearce.

Launching Hwaet! 20 Years of Ledbury Poetry Festival: 1st July 2016

Ledbury Poetry Festival’s birthday anthology Hwaet! was launched with a gala performance on the opening night of the 2016 festival with readings by 21 of the 200 poets included in the book, many of them also reading an additional poem by another writer. Chaired by the book’s editor, ex-Arts Minister Mark Fisher, and compèred by Bloodaxe editor Neil Astley, the event on Friday 1st July also included contributions from the festival artistic director Chloe Garner, chair of trustees Peter Arscott and long-standing patron Adam Munthe, and was filmed by Pamela Robertson-Pearce. The poets featured reading their poems from Hwaet! in this highlights video are Penelope Shuttle, Daljit Nagra, Alison Brackenbury, Jacob Polley (festival poet-in-residence), Brenda Read-Brown, Toni Stuart, Ruth Padel and Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch (plus a cameo by Peter Wyton). Videos of other poets included in this event are posted separately. For more information on Hwaet!, see http://www.bloodaxebooks.com/ecs/product/hwaet–1123

Hwaet! Karen McCarthy Woolf and Kim Moore

Ledbury Poetry Festival’s birthday anthology Hwaet! was launched with a gala performance on the opening night of the 2016 festival with readings by 21 of the 200 poets included in the book. Here Karen McCarthy Woolf reads her poem ‘Up on the Hill’ and Kim Moore reads her poem ‘The Scaffolder’.

Hwaet! Isobel Dixon: 1st July 2016

Ledbury Poetry Festival’s birthday anthology Hwaet! was launched with a gala performance on the opening night of the 2016 festival with readings by 21 of the 200 poets included in the book. Here Isobel Dixon reads her poem ‘Late Knowledge’.

Hwaet! Philip Rush, Ruth Stacey and Peter Wyton: 1st July 2016

Ledbury Poetry Festival’s birthday anthology Hwaet! was launched with a gala performance on the opening night of the 2016 festival with readings by 21 of the 200 poets included in the book. Here Philip Rush reads his poem ‘Dear Andrew’, Ruth Stacey reads her poem ‘Actions Speak’ and Peter Wyton recalls how ‘Jack Mapanje Is Gobsmacked’ in Ledbury.

Hwaet! Angela France, Lesley Ingram and Sarah James: 1st July 2016

Ledbury Poetry Festival’s birthday anthology Hwaet! was launched with a gala performance on the opening night of the 2016 festival with readings by 21 of the 200 poets included in the book. Here Angela France reads her poem ‘Cold Comfort, Lesley Ingram reads her ‘Garter’ apple poem from the festival’s Poetry Orchard project and Sarah James reads her poem ‘The Man Who Raced Fire’.

Hwaet! Jonathan Edwards: 1st July 2016

Ledbury Poetry Festival’s birthday anthology Hwaet! was launched with a gala performance on the opening night of the 2016 festival with readings by 21 of the 200 poets included in the book. Here Jonathan Edwards reads his poem ‘Servant Minding a Seat for his Master Before a Performance of “The Rivals”, Covent Garden Theatre, 1775…’

Hwaet! Sara-Jane Arbury: 1st July 2016

Ledbury Poetry Festival’s birthday anthology Hwaet! was launched with a gala performance on the opening night of the 2016 festival with readings by 21 of the 200 poets included in the book. Here Sara-Jane Arbury reads her poem ‘The next train to depart from platform 2 is the 10.40 Central Trains service to Hereford. Calling at…’.

Matthew Caley reading: 3rd July 2016

Matthew Caley reads and introduces a selection of poems from his recently published Bloodaxe collection Rake (2016).

Hannah Lowe reads from Chan: 2nd July 2016

Hannah Lowe reads and introduces two poems from her new Bloodaxe collection Chan, ‘What I Know’ (a glosa) and ‘Borderliner’ (using her own invented form).

Hannah Lowe: Joe Harriott poems: 2nd July 2016

Hannah Lowe reads and introduces four poems from her new Bloodaxe collection Chan relating to jazz musician Joe Harriott: ‘If You Believe: Ribs’, ‘Sax I’, ‘Sax II’ and ‘Cherokee’.

John Agard: Playing the Ghost of Maimonides at Ledbury: 3rd July 2016

John Agard reads and introduces six poems from his new Bloodaxe collection Playing the Ghost of Maimonides (2016).

Ledbury Poetry Festival Film

Watch the magic and the excitement of the world’s friendliest poetry festival in the picturesque town of Ledbury, Herefordshire.

Ledbury Poetry Festival Schools Programme

A look at Ledbury Poetry Festival’s work with local schools.

Ledbury Poetry Festival Community Programme

Ledbury Poetry Festival’s community programme works all year round with the most vulnerable in society stimulating well-being and creative opportunities through poetry.

Ledbury’s Epic Women community project

Ledbury Poetry Festival Community Programme reaches out to vulnerable members of the community providing valuable opportunities for reflection and self expression in a supported environment. Here, young women talk about issues such as self harm, teenage pregnancy, and growing up in an indifferent world. It is compelling and authentic poetry, deeply powerful. Part of LPF’s “Epic Women” project with Close House, Hereford, and “She writes poetry on her arms” event held on Thursday 7th July 2016.