Ledbury Poetry Salon and Open Mic
with headline poet Claudine Toutoungi
Thursday 22 October

Hosted by Chloe Garner, Festival Artistic Director

7pm – 9pm on Zoom

Tickets £2 (includes £2 discount on Two Tongues by Claudine Toutoungi purchased between 22 October – 5 November through Carcanet)

Please follow this link to purchase a ticket

Please email Chloe Garner on director@poetry-festival.co.uk to request an Open Mic slot. Places on the Open Mic will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Poet and playwright, Claudine Toutoungi’s new collection Two Tongues is published on 29 October by Carcanet and follows from her acclaimed first collection Smoothie. Blending wit and surrealism, these poems blur boundaries and explore the fluidity of identity. The event will combine readings and conversation with opportunities for the audience to contribute to the conversation and pose questions in the chat. The Open Mic follows for the second half of the evening.

Ledbury Poetry Festival Online!
Ledbury Poetry Festival happened online this year, on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 July, with a special The Verb preview, on Friday 3 July, on BBC Radio 3 hosted by Ian McMillan (if you missed it you can listen to it at https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000kgwn).

The Festival events all happened on Zoom and were an opportunity for anyone who has enjoyed Ledbury Poetry Festival to gather together and hopefully lots of first-timers as well!

Ledbury Poetry Festival Online is not a version of the Festival that would have happened. Instead it was a small and specially curated selection of events that reflected our current times and spoke to what is happening in the world now, from Covid-19, to Lockdown, to Black Lives Matter. This Festival Online explored the many ways that poetry matters in these times, as a creative expression, offering an opportunity for reflection, insight, solace and inspiration, sparking conversation and speaking to culture and politics in the present moment.

All the events were FREE. Ledbury Poetry Festival is pleased to have offered all events free of charge in the spirit of fellowship with poets, poetry and the poetry community in these challenging times, so that income was no barrier to joining these vital happenings.

However donations are welcome and we would appreciate all the support you can manage.

Recordings of many of the events are now on the Festival Online Recordings page.


Special Moments from Ledbury Poetry Festival 2019!

Thanks to @PaulLigas, Official Festival Photographer



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