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.

The Festival also runs a Community Programme, a Schools Programme, and a New and Emerging Writers’ Programme all year round – see our films on this website (homepage) for a flavour of what we do.

“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, the Town Council, foundations and charitable trusts. The Ledbury Poetry Festival 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 Festival Funders’ and Sponsors’ page.

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