At A Glance

Ledbury Poetry Festival, 2 – 11 July 2021

At a Glance

Programme pdf available HERE

For the duration of the Festival: is an interactive poetry trail in and around the heritage places of Ledbury. It is live for the months of June and July, welcoming poems from authors of all skills to pin their words to locations across the town. Imagine a “Poetry Pokemon” and you get the idea! Unearth hidden poems along the trail, or add your own poetry for others to discover by opening the web page above in the browser of your mobile phone. It is unique to the confines of Ledbury, and you must be in Ledbury to access it. We encourage all in-person visitors to ‘pin’ their own poems to the trail!

Friday 2 July

Sally Crabtree’s Sweetshop of Words and other activities at the Barrett Browning Institute, 11am – 4pm

Festival Launch including a special pre-recorded reading and conversation with Margaret Atwood

5pm – 5.30pm, Zoom, £5

Valzhyna Mort and Victoria Chang, chair Neil Astley

6pm – 7pm, Zoom, £5 

Jorie Graham hosted by Sarah Howe

8pm -9pm, Zoom, £5 

Saturday 3 July

Insect Safari – presented by Fetch Theatre and Infamous Arts
A fantastical performance that celebrates everything that creeps and crawls
Suitable for ages 5 to 105
Walled Garden, 2pm – 2.45pm, FREE

Sally Crabtree Sweetshop of Words and other activities
Barrett Browning Institute, 11am – 4pm, Free

One to Ones with Robert Selby

10am – 12noon, Zoom, £20 per half hour session

Ley Hunt: Walking Writing Workshop, led by Rhys Trimble and Joe Kerr

2pm – TBC, location TBC, £5  

Versopolis with Eleni Cay (Slovakia), Volha Hapeyeva (Belarus), Danae Sioziou (Greece), hosted by Annie Rutherford  

12 noon – 1pm, Zoom, Free 

Ledbury Poetry Competition winners hosted by Liz Berry

2pm – 3pm, Zoom, Free 

Anthony Anaxagorou and Andrew McMillan, hosted by Jennifer Lee Tsai

4pm – 5pm, Zoom, £5

Toward: A Masterclass with Carolyn Forché

5.30pm – 7.30pm, Zoom, £5

Participants must have published a first full-length collection. Please contact to participate.

Sally Crabtree Poetry Bingo

6pm – 6.45pm, BBI, Free

THE POET IN THE ATTIC AND THE POET IN THE WORLD: Malika Booker, Kwame Dawes & John Kinsella in dialogue with Jeremy Poynting

8pm – 9pm, Zoom, £5

Sunday 4 July

John Challis workshop: Appearances and Excavations  

10am – 12noon, Zoom, £20

Ledbury Interactive Digital Poetry Pin Trail Ambling Workshops, Free, 11am, 1.30pm and 3pm, meet at the Market House.

Eric Gregory Award Winners event

12noon – 1pm, Zoom, Free

Nikita Gill and Zoë Brigley, hosted by Chloe Garner

2pm – 3pm, Zoom, £5

John Challis and Seán Hewitt, hosted by Andrew McMillan
In partnership with The Poetry Book Society

4pm – 5pm, Zoom, £5

Chen Chen and Luke Kennard, host Neil Astley

6pm -7pm, Zoom, £5

Fred D’Aguiar and André Naffis-Sahely, host Jackie Kay

8pm – 9pm, Zoom, £5 

Monday 5 July

Workshop with Martina Evans: Notorious

10am – 12 noon, Zoom, £20

William Wootten on Walter de la Mare

6pm – 7pm, in person and live-streamed from the BBI on Zoom, Free

Billy Collins and Martina Evans, host Jonathan Edwards

8pm – 9pm, Zoom, £5

Tuesday 6 July

Workshop with Phoebe Stuckes

10am – 12noon, Zoom, £20

Kim Addonizio and Phoebe Stuckes, host Judith Palmer

8pm – 9pm, Zoom, £5 

Wednesday 7 July

Ledbury Poetry Festival Community Programme presents Sharing Showcase hosted by Sara Jane Arbury

10am – 12pm, Zoom, Free

Writing and Poetic Process: Workshop with Kim Addonizio

5pm – 7pm, Zoom, £20

Ledbury Poetry Salon featuring Poets from Zimbabwe and Botswana and an open mic

7.30pm – 9.30pm, Zoom, £5

Please email to request an open mic slot.

Thursday 8 July

Workshop with Ruth Stacey: A Symbolist Dream

2pm – 4pm, Barrett Browning Institute, £20

Gillian Clarke and Matthew Francis, host Jonathan Edwards

6pm – 7pm, Zoom, £5

Focus on Mexico with Modern Poetry in Translation

8pm – 9pm, Zoom, £5

Friday 9 July

Workshop with Rosalind Hudis: Alchemy – how to turn science into lyric.

2pm – 4pm, Barrett Browning Institute, £20

Young Writers Collective in the Walled Garden (outdoors/bad weather inside)

2pm – 3pm

Angela France and Penelope Shuttle

6pm – 7pm, Barrett Browning Institute and live streamed on Zoom, Free 

Nick Flynn and Eileen Myles (they/them), hosted by Neil Astley and Pamela Robertson-Pearce

8pm – 9pm, Zoom, £5

Saturday 10 July

Spellwright, near the Market House, 10am – 4pm

Poetry Machine, near the Market House, 10am – 4pm 

Workshop with Zoe Brigley and Kristian Evans: The Peace of Wild Things? Writing about Creatures

10am – 12 noon, Barrett Browning Institute, £20

Rosalind Hudis and Isabel Galleymore

11am – 12 noon, St Michael’s and All Angels Church Courtyard (outdoors/bad weather inside), £5

100 Poems to Save the Earth, with editors Zoe Brigley and Kristian Evans

1pm – 2pm, St Michael’s and All Angels Church Courtyard (outdoors/bad weather inside), £5

Poetry Society Annual Showcase with Susannah Hart, Cheryl Moskowitz and Isabelle Baafi, hosted by Jonathan Edwards

3pm – 4pm, St Michael’s and All Angels Church Courtyard (outdoors/bad weather inside), Free but ticketed  

Beth Calverley and Jean Atkin

5pm – 6pm, St Michael’s and All Angels Church Courtyard (outdoors/bad weather inside), £5

Julia Copus on Charlotte Mew

6.30pm – 7.30pm, St Michael’s and All Angels Church Courtyard (outdoors/bad weather inside), £5

Ledbury Poetry Slam!

8pm – 10pm (including an interval), Zoom, £5

To enter the Slam as a competitor, please contact Sara-Jane on 07814 830031 or email

Poetry Party with Herefordshire Stanza

8pm – 9pm, St Michael’s and All Angels Church Courtyard, FREE


Sunday 11 July

Dog Poems! with Matt Black

11am – 12noon (with a 20 minute interval for walks and peeing on lampposts), Market House, £5

Workshop with Jamie Thrasivoulou: Exiting the safe space and moving away from the I

12.30pm – 2.30pm, Barrett Browning Institute, £20

Julia Copus and Robert Selby, reading and in conversation with Jonathan Davidson

1pm – 2pm, St Michael’s and All Angels Church Courtyard (outdoors/bad weather inside), £5

Bohdan Piasecki and Rhian Edwards

3pm – 4pm, St Michael’s and All Angels Church Courtyard (outdoors/bad weather inside), £5

One to ones with Robert Selby

3pm – 5pm, Barrett Browning Institute, £20 for a half hour session

Ruth Stacey and Jamie Thrasivoulou, reading and in conversation with Jonathan Davidson

5pm- 6pm, St Michael’s and All Angels Church Courtyard (outdoors/bad weather inside), £5

Juliet Stevenson present Stevie Smith, a film made by Dead Poets Live, followed by a live Q&A, hosted by James Lever

7pm – 9pm, Zoom, Free (please donate generously to support Ledbury Poetry Festival)

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