Ledbury Poetry Festival, 2 – 11 July 2021

Full programme Coming Soon
Online booking Only

The Festival is facing continuing challenges and uncertainty as a result of Covid-19, but we are keen to offer an opportunity for people to gather, celebrate and enjoy poetry. Therefore, 2021 will see the first ever hybrid Ledbury Poetry Festival, with a mixture of online and in person events. Digital events are happening across the ten days of the Festival. If you are hoping to attend in person, then the second weekend will offer a full schedule of readings, workshops and open mics to ease you back into company.

The line-up will include:


Jorie Graham, Margaret Atwood, Kwame Dawes, Fred D’Aguiar, Chen Chen, Luke Kennard, Kim Addonizio, Phoebe Stuckes, Gillian Clarke, Zoë Brigley, Billy Collins, Martina Evans, Valzhyna Mort, Victoria Chang, Anthony Anaxagorou, Nikita Gill, Séan Hewitt, John Challis.

Plus Versopolis, Ledbury Poetry Slam Online, Juliet Stevenson on Stevie Smith, Ledbury Poetry Competition Winners and more events to be confirmed.

In Person

Julia Copus, Rosalind Hudis, Ruth Stacey, Jamie Thrasivoulou, Beth Calverley, community events and interactive poetry trail

Plus a mixture of online and in person talks on Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Walter de la Mare, Charlotte Mew

A mixture of online and in person workshops with Phoebe Stuckes, John Challis, Zoë Brigley, Martina Evans, Jamie Thrasivoulou, Ruth Stacey, Rosalind Hudis

And more TBC!! Watch this space!

We look forward, with hope and excitement, to welcoming you!

Barrett Browning Institute

What are your hopes for Ledbury’s Barrett Browning Institute (The Clock Tower)?

Ledbury Poetry Festival aims to raise funding to restore the Barrett Browning Institute to its former glory as a welcoming meeting place within the community. Your ideas will help to create a vision for the building.

Your opinion counts. Please book a free 30 minute slot and make your opinions known.

Book Your Slot

Beth Calverley will use her magical Poetry Time Travel Machine to guide you on a journey through your past, present and future experiences of Ledbury. Plus she will create a free poem for you, live in the moment, on her vintage typewriter!

Each 30 minute consultation session in the Barrett Browning Institute is for you and up to two members of your family or social ‘bubble’.

Find out more about Ledbury Poetry Festival and the move into the Barrett Browning Institute here:

Find out more...

Any questions? Please do email Chloe Garner, director@poetry-festival.co.uk

John Masefield pupils with Margaret Atwood

Ledbury Poetry Festival and Schools

Throughout the year, we work with local schools and teachers to develop and nurture a love for language, creative writing and literacy.

We do this through poet workshops (both in interesting locations and in schools), special readings and performances, poetry trails, classroom activities plus inset sessions for teachers.

Ledbury Poetry Prize for Second Collections
Judges are Naomi Shihab Nye and Sandeep Parmar

Ledbury Poetry Prize Announcement
Ledbury Poetry Prize Submission Guidelines
Ledbury Poetry Prize Submission Form


Special Moments from Ledbury Poetry Festival!

Thanks to @PaulLigas, Official Festival Photographer

Become a Friend of Ledbury Poetry Festival

If you are interested in becoming a Friend of Ledbury Poetry Festival please contact Sandra our Finance Manager on 01531 636232 (email finance@poetry-festival.co.uk) or you can visit the Friends page where you can now sign up on-line.

Some of our Sponsors

The Pennington-Mellor-Munthe
Charity Trust