Covid-19 Update

Ledbury Poetry Festival is watching the situation closely and you may have noticed that all our events and activities for March and April have been postponed or cancelled. At present, we are hoping that Ledbury Poetry Festival, 3 – 12 July 2020, will go ahead in some form and so the Festival is not cancelled or postponed at the moment. This decision is being reviewed regularly and if our position changes we will make every effort to inform you through the website, email and social media. Our goal is to act in a responsible manner and this is informing every decision.
Ledbury Poetry Competition is open for entries, so do continue to submit poems online and if you don’t have poems ready, hopefully you might write some. Or revisit those poems tucked away in drawers, boxes or wherever you keep them! We hope, as always, for as many submissions as possible!
During this period, we are planning to dive into the Festival archive. We have recordings of Festival events, including many international highlights, dating from 2015 and staff will regularly select favourites to share via social media. Do keep an eye out. We hope you will enjoy listening and perhaps share your memories!

Ledbury Poetry Salons

… have been cancelled until further notice

Ledbury Books and Maps, 20 High Street, Ledbury
7pm – 9pm, £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 a Ledbury Poetry Salon, which includes an Open Mic and Featured Poets reading and chatting about their work.

Tuesday 31 March with Jacqueline Saphra – cancelled until further notice

Tuesday 28 April with Philip Gross and Lesley Saunders on Writing Poetry in Collaboration – cancelled until further notice


Ledbury Poetry Festival Programme 2019 >>


Special Moments from Ledbury Poetry Festival 2019!

Thanks to @PaulLigas, Official Festival Photographer

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