The dates for next year’s Ledbury Poetry Festival 2020 are 3 -12 July
Special Moments from Ledbury Poetry Festival 2019!
Ledbury Poetry Salons and Open Mics
Readings, conversation and the ever popular Ledbury Open Mic!
At Ledbury Books and Maps
7pm – 9pm
Tickets £5 on the door (includes a drink)
Friday 4 October, Home on the Move
Launch of the new anthology, Home on the Move: Two Poems go on a Journey. Featuring Jim Dening, Margaret Adkins, Jacqui Rowe, Home on the Move explores notions of ‘home’ that are challenged and reshaped by unprecedented migration. The anthology interrogates ideas of home, belonging and language from poetic perspectives. The creative responses are the results of a journey undertaken by two poems about ‘home’: Deryn Rees-Jones’ poem travelled from the UK via France to Spain and back whilst Polish poet Rafa? Gawin’s travelled to the UK via Romania and back to Poland. The poems and their literary and artistic translations featured at Ledbury Poetry Festival in 2018 and were translated into new poetry in workshops.
Monday 11 November, Jonathan Davidson On Poetry
Jonathan Davidson is a poet, director of Midland Creative Projects, Joint-Founder of the Birmingham Literature Festival and Chief Executive of Writing West Midlands. He is Chair of the National Association of Writers in Education. Jonathan Davidson is fascinated by how poetry is found and how it is heard. In On Poetry, he traces his own development as a listener and reader of poetry through a period of over fifty years.
‘From attentive close readings to thoughts of how poems might best be shared, his belief in poetry and its ability to touch and transform us shines throughout. This small book is a gem and any reader interested in poetry and how it can enrich our lives will find Davidson a fine companion’. – Liz Berry
Tuesday 10 December, Jonathan Edwards Gen
Winner of the People’s Choice Award, Wales Book of the Year 2019, Gen contains humour, warmth and is a worthy follow-up to Ledbury Poetry Competition winner, Jonathan Edwards’ popular and critically-lauded debut.
Gen is a book of lions and rock stars, street parties and servants, postmen and voices. In the opening sequence’s exploration of youth and young manhood, the author sets his own Valleys upbringing against the ’50s youth of his parents. Other poems place a Valleys village and the characters who live in it alongside explorations of Welsh history and prehistory, and the collection concludes with a selection of sometimes witty, sometimes heartfelt love poems.
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