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Insights into Ledbury Poetry Festival 2018
Our Intern Katharina Picks Her Favourite Events

I was particularly inspired by the female poets so far, and the very different perspectives they offered on women’s lives — in all their diversity. Sabrina Mahfouz, for example, presented poems from her collection How You Might Know Me (Out-Spoken Press, 2016), which gives a voice to women working in the sex industry in such a creative way that I could not resist buying the book. I read it back to back in the night after the event!
In another great event, Cecilia Knapp shared some very personal and yet-unpublished work that focuses on the female body, on loss, and the close bonds between women — I can’t wait for her debut collection to come out next year… Read the full text below

Intern’s perspective on LPF2018


Ledbury Poetry Salons!

7pm – 9pm, 
The Panelled Room in The Master’s House, £5 (on the door)

Do you want to discover more about poetry? Have you been looking for a place to perform your own poetry? Why not come along to this Ledbury Poetry Salon, which includes an Open Mic and Featured Poets. This is a chance to perform your poems to a friendly and welcoming audience and to meet other writers. Expand your enjoyment of poetry through readings and conversation! Try out poems in progress or bring along your tried and tested favourites!

Watch out for future Poetry Salon events

Listen to previous Poetry Salons including Gregory Leadbetter, Rhiannon Hooson, Nichola Deane, Pia Tafdrup, Philip Gross, Deborah Alma, Cliff Yates, Yvonne Green, David Clarke, Myra Connell, Maitreyabandhu, Carrie Etter, Damian Walford Davies and Adam Horovitz.

Poetry Salon Podcasts

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Read all about last year’s Ledbury Poetry Festival in 2017

  • record audiences!
  • fantastic international programme
  • everything the festival does in schools and the community
  • massive community involvement

…and much much more.

A riveting feel-good read!

Click here to read the full report.


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