About Ledbury Poetry
Ledbury Poetry Festival is the biggest, brightest, most superlatively international celebration of poetry and spoken word in the UK. Surrounded by woods, orchards and hills, poets from all over the world gather to perform, write, read and listen to poetry. Contemporary literary titans stand alongside upcoming talents to illuminate a thrillingly electric mix of events, from readings, performance poetry, masterclasses, walks, talks and films through to breakfasts, music, exhibitions and bike rides. It’s all yours at Ledbury – dig deep into interesting ideas, take in poetry over a pint, craft your own writing style, or showcase your skills in the slam.
Ledbury Poetry runs Events, Workshops and Salons throughout the year supporting poets and critics, and engaging audiences live and local, online and international, and runs impactful learning projects for all ages.
Ledbury is a lively market town, close to the AONB Malvern Hills. It is well-known for its black and white architecture, its wealth of independent shops and its pubs, restaurants and cafes serving delicious local produce.
An ancient borough, dating back to the Domesday Book, Ledbury was recorded as Liedeberge, and returned members to Parliament in the reign of Edward I. Ledbury probably takes its name from the River Leadon, on which it stands. The Old English berg (hill) has been added to the river name.
There are long and deep associations with local poets and poetry in Ledbury including Elizabeth Barrett Browning, John Masefield, The Dymock Poets: Lascelles Abercrombie, Rupert Brooke, John Drinkwater, Robert Frost, Wilfrid Gibbon and Edward Thomas. The town sits at the foot of the Malvern Hills, the location of William Langland’s Piers Plowman.