The Ledbury Poetry Festival takes place over ten days each July. We are the biggest and best poetry festival in the UK, featuring poets from all over the world. If you think you know what poetry is, come along and we’ll surprise you. There are live readings, performances, workshops, open mics, music, exhibitions, films, family events, street events, a slam and much more. Join us for a celebration of poetry in the rural heartland of England.

Ledbury Poetry runs schools programmes, creative work for 16-25 year olds and a New and Emerging Writers’ Programme as well as community programmes. Ledbury Poetry Competition runs annually and the Ledbury Poetry Critics goes from strength to strength.

“The Ledbury Poetry Festival is the best in the country.”    Andrew Motion

The Team

A small team of part time staff, a Board of Trustees, Poetry Festival Patrons, and a small army of volunteers make this magical Festival happen every year.


The Festival thanks all the people and institutions who provide support, especially the Arts Council of England, Ledbury Town Council, foundations and charitable trusts. Ledbury Poetry is firmly built on the voluntary support and freely given time of the many local businesses and residents who help make the Festival such a success. For a full list please see our Funders’ and Sponsors’ page.

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