Covid 19 Update

Ledbury Poetry Festival, 3 – 12 July 2020 is cancelled
We are sorry to have to inform you that we have reluctantly taken the difficult decision to cancel the Ledbury Poetry Festival, 3 – 12 July 2020. Our goal is to act in a responsible manner with regard to the safety of our audiences and volunteers, alongside safeguarding the Festival from financial risk as much possible. With this in mind, this is the safest and best course of action. Many people have been looking for clarity and so it seems important to share this news as soon as possible.
In 2021 we will celebrate 25 years of Ledbury Poetry Festival. We hope as many of you as possible will join us for what is bound to be a very special gathering.
Ledbury Poetry Competition is still open for entries, so do continue to submit poems online. We hope, as always, for as many submissions as possible! The Festival archive has recordings of events, including many international highlights, dating from 2014. Staff are regularly selecting favourites to share via social media. You can also join the online Segments poetry writing sessions. Do keep an eye out for further online events and offerings.

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