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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…

01. Ledbury Forte Poetry Prize for Second Collections

The judges, Linda Gregerson and Lachlan Mackinnon,  announced the winner of this prestigious prize (with a £5,000 purse). Hear the vibrant, diverse collections by the shortlisted poets: James Womack, David Tait, Rory Waterman, A.K. Blakemore, Danez Smith and Adam O’Riordan.  

02. Roger McGough joinedupwriting

Roger McGough, one of Britain’s best-loved poets, is the author of over seventy books of poetry and editor of numerous anthologies. His exuberant new collection joinedupwriting ranges from forgotten friendships and the idiosyncrasies of family life to the trauma of war and contemporary global politics. These poems explore the human experience in all its shades…

04. German Translation Duel

Two poet-translators use their pens as swords in this duel of words. Join Clare Pollard as Jen Calleja and Annie Rutherford’s translations of contemporary German poet Odile Kennel battle it out. A translation duel is a great way to learn about the dangers and thrills of translation! Sponsored by Alison and Nigel Falls In partnership…

05. Andrew Motion and Hannah Sullivan, readings and conversation

For this fascinating event one of Britain’s most revered and celebrated poets, Andrew Motion and dazzling newcomer Hannah Sullivan will read their poems an05. Andrew Motion and Hannah Sullivan, readings and conversationd interview each other about their work. They share similarities – particularly the long-form approach and the autobiographical qualities of their poetry. Andrew Motion…

07. Reprieve readings hosted by Clive Stafford Smith

with Roy McFarlane, Jane Commane, Jacqueline Saphra, Casey Bailey, Ruth Stacey, Vidyan Ravinthiran and David Morley In a unique collaboration, Ledbury Poetry Festival and Reprieve commissioned seven poets to write a poem inspired by Guantánamo Bay. Reprieve founder and respected human rights lawyer, Clive Stafford Smith OBE introduces this event and gives a personal insight…

08. I am a Rohingya – discussion and reading

How does poetry emerge from one of the largest refugee camps in the world? What is artistic expression to a traumatised, displaced people, often denied the most basic education? I am a Rohingya is the launch of the first anthology of Rohingya poetry published in English (Arc Publications, 2019). Editors Shehzar Doja and James Byrne…

12. Fiona Sampson and Phoebe Power

Fiona Sampson’s poetry has received awards around the world, and is published in 37 languages. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, she’s received an MBE for Services to Literature, various awards and prizes, as well as shortlistings for the T.S. Eliot and Forward Prizes. Her forthcoming poetry collection is Come Down.   Phoebe Power…

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