Community Programme

The Festival is very fortunate to secure funding from the Garfield Weston Foundation to support our community programme 2018 – 2021.

Have a look at these wonderful images from the Festival’s Community Programme sessions, events and artwork!

“Being Heard” and Jericho Brown/ Marie Howe images credit @Paul Ligas

Being Heard Video: Watch Young People from SHYPP (Supported Housing for Young People Project) perform Haiku in this cleverly reworked Festival film. Listen to their amazing “Being Heard” event held during the 2018 Festival here and the “Get Ready” event in the 2019 Festival here

Ledbury Poetry Festival runs a year round community programme which provides cultural enrichment to the most vulnerable groups in our society. The community programme not only develops literacy and communication skills, but also provides a lifeline for isolated people – whether through age, disability, poverty, mental or physical illness. Through the community programme  we aim to reach those who would not ordinarily attend or have the opportunity to attend an arts-related activity, so that they may enjoy the benefits to their health, well being and life skills that poetry and creativity give.

The benefits derived from the programme from the participants are many. Working creatively is therapeutic – enhancing the mental wellbeing for the participants. For isolated people e.g. some elderly people we work with – the activity can be a social life line. What ever the benefit, organisations poets have gone into are always keen to have them back. If your organisation is interested in working with a poet please contact the Festival Manager on

The Festival also includes as part of its programme free events and puts poets onto the streets. This allows the whole community to enjoy poetry and creates a wonderful atmosphere in the town.  A strand of children’s events are often free or minimally priced to encourage families to attend and give children access to fun events.

Community Poetry Workshops Open to the Public – all FREE to attend:

Segments: Join poet Sara-Jane Arbury’s fun, friendly and informal poetry

2020 Workshops

workshops using art and artefacts for inspiration. An interesting way to spend a Wednesday morning in a supportive environment. No experience necessary. For next session dates and times see poster or email

Poetry workshops at Herefordshire Mind, 130 Widemarsh St, Hereford, HR4 9HN, Wednesdays 10am – 12pm, FREE. Poetry is powerful, it shows us the world in new ways; it heals, teaches and celebrates. Please see poster for next session dates. Ledbury Poetry Festival 01531 634156, Hfds MIND 01432-372404

See current dates and times in this post.

For further details, contact or phone 01531 634156

Poetry for Pleasure. This group meets in Bromyard. Contact Festival Manager above for details


Ledbury Poetry Festival is also running closed groups in partnership with

  • Herefordshire Young Carers Support
  • Herefordshire Probation Service
  • community care settings such as residential nursing homes for large scale community arts project “Poetry Paradise Garden”
  • Hereford Pain Management Clinic (NHS)
  • Citizen (formerly SHYPP) and Close House

If you feel your group or organisation would benefit from working professionally with a poet for increased creativity, expression, health and well being, please do get in touch with