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20. Poetry Reading: Alex Dimitrov and Deborah Landau

Deborah Landau is a professor and director of the Creative Writing Program at New York University. Her latest collection, Soft Targets follows two others in the US, The Uses of the Body and The Last
Usable Hour. Alex Dimitrov is the author of three books of poems,including Love and Other Poems, Together and by Ourselves, Begging for It.

34. Feminista! Open Reading and Musical Celebration

A unique celebration of poetry and music created and composed by women! Harpist Olivia Jageurs performs music by female composers across the ages. The audience was invited to bring their own contributions of poems to read, either by themselves or by treasured female poets. There will be selections from a Baroque suite, a fiery Spanish fandango…

49. Dead Poets Society 3 – DuFu: China’s Greatest Poet.

Michael Wood, the author of a  BBC film on the poet which was shown last year to great acclaim in China, tells his story and reads some of the poems that are still treasured by  Chinese people today. Michael is the  author of over 120 documentary films  which have been seen around the world. Michael’s  Story of England according to the Independent was ‘the most innovative history series ever on TV”. 

70. Desert Island Poems with Alistair McGowan

Alistair McGowan is an impressionist, actor, writer of jokes, plays and sketches, stand-up comedian  and, latterly, pianist. His early career on Spitting Image and The Big Impression, two of TV’s most popular shows, made him a household name. An inspired and inspiring entertainer, Alistair will share the poems he has treasured most throughout his life…

71. Poetry Claudine Toutoungi and Emma Purshouse

Claudine Toutoungi is the winner of the Ledbury Munthe Poetry Prize for Second Collections. According to the judges, Two Tongues is often hilarious, frequently offbeat and utterly original. Her control of language, her wit, her dexterity of line and image… revolve around her subjects with a maturity and elegance that isn’t afraid to step into the…

72. Reading and conversation on Foreignness and Assimilation.

Jessica Mookherjee and Maria Jastrzebska in conversation with Ledbury Poetry Critic Sarala Estruch. Exploring the poetics of foreignness and assimilation, the poetry of witness, and how the body and land and borders appear in their poetry. Jessica Mookherjee and Maria Jastrzebska will also discuss how they express the themes of illness, and survival in the…

Elizabeth Parker – Poetry Salon 11th Feb 2020

Elizabeth Parker grew up in a garden nursery in The Forest of Dean and now lives in Bristol. Her poetry has been published in various journals including Magma, The Stony Thursday Book, The Interpreter’s House and Agenda. Among others, she has been shortlisted for The Bridport Poetry Prize and The Gregory O’Donoghue Poetry Prize. She was a prizewinner in the 2016…

Jonathan Edwards – Poetry Salon 10th Dec 2019

Gen Winner of the People’s Choice Award, Wales Book of the Year 2019, Gen contains humour, warmth and is a worthy follow-up to Ledbury Poetry Competition winner, Jonathan Edwards’ popular and critically-lauded debut. Gen is a book of lions and rock stars, street parties and servants, postmen and voices. In the opening sequence’s exploration of…

Home on the Move – Poetry Salon 4 October 2019

Launch of the new anthology, Home on the Move: Two Poems go on a Journey. Featuring Jim Dening, Margaret Adkins, Jacqui Rowe, Home on the Move explores notions of ‘home’ that are challenged and reshaped by unprecedented migration. The anthology interrogates ideas of home, belonging and language from poetic perspectives. The creative responses are the…

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