Press

Press

All press enquiries should be made to the Ledbury Poetry Festival Press Office:

Ledbury Poetry Festival PR – manager@poetry-festival.co.uk  

Tel: 01531 634156

 

 2015 press

National

Independent Radar – Preview (attached)

 

Regional

Wye Valley Life, Live 24-7 – preview

Wye Valley Life, Live 24-7 – Interview with Jonathan Edwards (attached)

 

Broadcast

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzXIKDfcc5HfZ2ZqYWpsU2QxUW8

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzXIKDfcc5HfR2pEdno5ajJ4M00

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzXIKDfcc5HfWEFzQWZzZXBWQUU

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzXIKDfcc5HfQUZkcU5GeXI5ZUU

 

Online

Oh Comely

http://www.ohcomely.co.uk/blog

 

Afternyne

http://afternyne.com/2015/07/07/ledbury-poetry-festival-special-after-nyne-meets-karen-solie-john-burnside-jane-yeh/

 

Hereford Times

http://www.herefordtimes.com/news/13374706.Walled_garden_fun_for_Ledbury_Festival/

 

http://m.herefordtimes.com/news/13374706.Walled_garden_fun_for_Ledbury_Festival/

 

http://www.herefordtimes.com/news/13377734.The_sun_shines_on_the_Poetry_Festival/

 

Ledbury Reporter

http://www.ledburyreporter.co.uk/news/13377734.The_sun_shines_on_the_Poetry_Festival/

 

Who’s in today

http://whoisintoday.pilots.bbcconnectedstudio.co.uk/michael-palin-reads-us-poetry-bliss/

 

Ledbury Reporter

http://www.ledburyreporter.co.uk/news/13326754.display/

 

Hereford Times

http://www.herefordtimes.com/news/13326754.display/

 

The Shuttle

http://www.kidderminstershuttle.co.uk/news/regional/13326754.display/

 

The Poetry Can

http://www.poetrycan.co.uk/comp-news.html

 

Saga – Festival Guide

http://www.saga.co.uk/saga-magazine/2015/april/festivals.aspx?page=1

 

Daily Mail – Festival Guide

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3096225/Where-rocking-raving-summer-Guide-UK-s-summer-festivals.html

 

The Man Booker Prize

http://www.themanbookerprize.com/news/man-booker-and-ballot-box

 

The Poetry Society

http://poetrysociety.org.uk/event/national-poetry-competition-winners-at-ledbury-poetry-festival/

 

The Hereford Times

http://www.herefordtimes.com/news/12959152.New_poet_in_residence_for_the_county/

 

The Ledbury Reporter

http://www.ledburyreporter.co.uk/news/12959152.New_poet_in_residence_for_the_county/

 

Hereford Times

http://www.herefordtimes.com/news/12931422.Big_names_are_signed_for_festival/

 

Ledbury Reporter

http://www.ledburyreporter.co.uk/news/12931422.Big_names_are_signed_for_festival/

 

West Midlands News

http://www.westmidlandsnews.org.uk/news/big-names-are-signed-for-festival

 

Social Media

The Poetry Society

https://twitter.com/PoetrySociety/status/596259207277629440

 

Poetry Is Heal

https://twitter.com/poetryisheal/status/597745479456292864

 

Blood Axe Books

https://twitter.com/BloodaxeBooks/status/601718468862435328

 

Hereford Times

https://twitter.com/HTnewsroom/status/608985127327178752

 

Social Vents Events

https://twitter.com/EventsFeed/status/608860990441070592

 

Transatlantic Poetry

https://twitter.com/PeakePoetics/status/608583861052784640

 

After Nyne

https://twitter.com/After_Nyne/status/618749480804962304

https://twitter.com/After_Nyne/status/618749204425519104

https://twitter.com/After_Nyne/status/618443759315984384

 

Hereford Times

https://twitter.com/herefordtimes/status/613689511516639235

 

Poetry Society

https://twitter.com/PoetrySociety/status/613655472227401728

 

Bloomberg News

https://twitter.com/Mark_Beech/status/595915160952397825

 

2014 Press

Country Living

http://www.countryliving.co.uk/out-and-about/events/six-best-literary-festivals-2014

In this pretty market town set in England’s cider country, attend readings, talks, walks, open mics and collaborations of poetry and music, and listen to actors Juliet Stevenson and Michael Pennington perform poems based on World War I.

Financial Times

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/ced275e2-f611-11e3-a038-00144feabdc0.html#axzz3JWjvutQV

Juliet Stevenson is appearing at the Ledbury Poetry Festival, July 4-13; poetry-festival.co.uk

2013 press

BBC Midlands – Life Loves To Change

www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b036p8xj/Midlands_Today_09_07_2013/

The Independent

Twihaiku? Micropoetry? The rise of Twitter poetry

Poetry in 140 characters? What would Sylvia Plath have made of tweet poems?   Twitter poetry (also known as “twihaiku” or “micropoetry”) is still in its early stages, but could it bring poetry back to the forefront of the modern world? “I   think Twitter poems will become a new form, the modern-day version of the   haiku,” says Chloe Garner, artistic director of the Ledbury Poetry Festival.   “Poets love writing to different forms, even just as a way of exercising the   poetic muscles.” See rest of article below

www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/features/twihaiku-micropoetry-the-rise-of-twitter-poetry-8711637.html

One To Watch – Sophie Robinson

‘I usually gravitate towards work that is both vulnerable and violent, and that’s   something I aim for in my own work.” In 2011 she was poet in residence at the   V&A. She reads from her new book, How To Be a Complete Nobody, at the   Ledbury Poetry Festival in July.’

www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/art/reviews/one-to-watch-sophie-robinson-poet-27-8647852.html

The Telegraph

www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/picturegalleries/10151158/Ten-reasons-to-travel-in-July-2013.html

The Guardian – Lyn Gardner

Meanwhile, Duncan Macmillan’s Every Brilliant Thing is at the Ledbury Poetry Festival today

www.guardian.co.uk/stage/theatreblog/2013/jul/05/theatre-tips-what-to-see-lyn-gardner

Dead Curious – 10 Days Of Rhythm, Rhyme and Verse

This Friday Ledbury, Herefordshire will become home to the world’s largest poetry festival: ten days of all things rhythm, rhyme and verse in the picture book town, nestled deep in the heart of cider country. The Ledbury festival is taking on the behemoth task of dusting poetry off and resurrecting the underappreciated art form – at best forgotten along with GCSE English and Shakespearean sonnets, at worst openly scorned – and re-inventing it for the modern palate. – See more at: http://deadcurious.com/2013/07/03/the-ledbury-poetry-festival-10-days-of-rhythm-rhyme-verse-in-cider-country/#sthash.ebLY9GOB.dpuf

www.deadcurious.com/2013/07/03/the-ledbury-poetry-festival-10-days-of-rhythm-rhyme-verse-in-cider-country/

The Lady – review
5 stars
This is the longest running and easily the most important such festival in Britain and offers a chance to experience an extraordinary range of poetry and events that focus on the glory of the spoken word.  It is a cornucopia of poetic delights and there really was something for everyone, no matter what your taste.
This year it ran from 5th- 14th  July 2013 and while I couldn’t go for more than a day, I  could have easily spent a week there enjoying the sights, sounds and tastes – there was a special edition Ledbury Poetry Festival cider and plenty of welcoming cafes and cake shops- of what is also a rather lovely Herefordshire town filled with timber-framed mediaeval architecture. Carol Anne Duffy was quite right when she called the Ledbury festival: ‘A rare, genuine joining of poetry, people and place.’

www.lady.co.uk/blogs/tags/tag/ledbury-poetry-2013-festival

2012

The Guardian

The Week in Books, July 7 2012 To Ledbury, in pursuit of the Herefordshire market town’s twin contributions to poetry (in the shape of the annual festival) and inebriety (not only is the giant Westons cider mill down the road in Much Marcle, the area is rich in scrumpy production). The two activities are of course connected, not least in the person of the festival-goer who blundered through the fire door into my room in the small hours of Monday morning. Or indeed in the poets who gathered four miles south of here, in Dymock, nearly 100 years ago. After a particularly raucous evening of cider drinking in Lascelles Abercrombie’s garden, Eleanor Farjeon recalled the sight of Edward Thomas and Robert Frost clinging to each other for support, only to collapse back to the floor, allowing her to make the unlikely boast that “I drank all the poets of Gloucestershire under the table.”

The festival in Ledbury is mostly a more sedate affair these days, as perhaps befits the birthplace of William Langland and John Masefield. Paul Muldoon discussed poetry and song; we have had a psychogeographical account of Ivor Gurney’s Gloucestershire poems; and Nicola Shulman entertained the audiences with her talk on Thomas Wyatt, which was aptly illustrated with a heart-shaped squeaky toy. Alas, poor planning led to my departing before the orchard walk and the event on “Poems and Cider”.     The festival concludes tomorrow, when are events with Andrew Motion, Simon Armitage, Helen Dunmore and Sophie Hannah, among others. The children’s poetry festival also has talks and activities throughout the weekend.     Adam Newey

 

guardian.co.uk, 19 June 2012     Live chat roundup: what does a poetry town look like?

We round up all the best bits from our   last live chat, which examined the role and importance of poetry in our   local communities Live chat roundup: what does a poetry town look like? | Culture professionals network | Guardian Professional