Ledbury Poetry Festival 2022

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84. Ledbury BookArts 22 The Weaver's Gallery
  • Friday, 1st July 2022 10:00 am
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51. Peter Sutton on his collection Elgar Country The Market House
  • Thursday, 7th July 2022 9:30 am
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85. Art Exhibition: Experiential Translation Curated by Ricarda Vidal and Madeleine Campbell The Poetry House
  • Thursday, 7th July 2022 11:00 am
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52. Screening: Du Fu: China's Greatest Poet Market Theatre
  • Thursday, 7th July 2022 1:00 pm
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54. Multimodal Poetry Translation Workshop Led by Madeleine Campbell and Ricarda Vidal The Heritage Centre
  • Thursday, 7th July 2022 2:00 pm
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53. Screening: Ovid: The Poet and The Emperor Market Theatre
  • Thursday, 7th July 2022 2:30 pm
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55. Maria Galina reading and in conversation with Sasha Dugdale Online event
  • Thursday, 7th July 2022 4:00 pm
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56. Odes to the Ledbury Bells St Michael and All Angels Church
  • Thursday, 7th July 2022 5:45 pm
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57. Natalie Haynes, Peter Florence and John Mitchinson Dead Poets Society 4: Christopher Logue’s War Music, An Account of Homer’s Iliad Burgage Hall
  • Thursday, 7th July 2022 6:00 pm
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58. Harry Baker and Gecko Burgage Hall
  • Thursday, 7th July 2022 8:00 pm
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59. Catherine Swire walks two poems from Soil The Market House
  • Friday, 8th July 2022 9:30 am
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60. Workshop with Jessica Mookherjee Translating the Self & Interpreting Life: beauty in otherness The Heritage Centre
  • Friday, 8th July 2022 10:00 am
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Weekend Pass Friday 8th - Sunday 10th July 2022
  • Friday, 8th July 2022 10:00 am
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61. The Unusual and Unexplained: workshop with Anthony Anaxagorou The Heritage Centre
  • Friday, 8th July 2022 2:00 pm
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62. Daphne Astor and Sasha Dugdale with Claire Armitstead Dead Poets Society 5: Irina Ratushinskaya Burgage Hall
  • Friday, 8th July 2022 2:00 pm
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63. John Hegley's Biscuit of Destiny: Inspired by the life and work of John Keats Community Hall
  • Friday, 8th July 2022 4:00 pm
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64. The Long Form Poem: Accessibility, Class and Strangeness Anthony Anaxagorou and Holly Pester Burgage Hall
  • Friday, 8th July 2022 6:00 pm
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65. Caleb Femi: Poor Burgage Hall
  • Friday, 8th July 2022 8:00 pm
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67. Embodied Poetry Workshop with Em Strang The Heritage Centre
  • Saturday, 9th July 2022 10:00 am
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66. John Hegley with I am a Poetato Community Hall
  • Saturday, 9th July 2022 11:00 am
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68. The Power of Endings with Elaine Beckett, Greta Stoddart, Gill Barr and Helen Evans Burgage Hall
  • Saturday, 9th July 2022 11:00 am
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69. Versopolis: A Celebration of European Poetry with Johanna Venho from Finland and Iryna Tsilyk from Ukraine Burgage Hall
  • Saturday, 9th July 2022 1:00 pm
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70. Desert Island Poems with Alistair McGowan Community Hall
  • Saturday, 9th July 2022 3:00 pm
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71. Poetry Claudine Toutoungi and Emma Purshouse Burgage Hall
  • Saturday, 9th July 2022 3:00 pm
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72. Jessica Mookherjee and Maria Jastrzebska: reading and conversation on Foreignness and Assimilation. Hosted by Ledbury Poetry Critic Sarala Estruch. Burgage Hall
  • Saturday, 9th July 2022 5:00 pm
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73. Chris Riddell and A.F. Harrold Community Hall
  • Saturday, 9th July 2022 6:45 pm
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74. Ledbury Poetry Slam! Market Theatre
  • Saturday, 9th July 2022 8:30 pm
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76. Kayo Chingonyi and Victoria Adukwei Bulley Burgage Hall
  • Sunday, 10th July 2022 11:00 am
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78. What Can you Find in a Poet’s Beard? Chris Riddell and A.F. Harrold Community Hall
  • Sunday, 10th July 2022 11:00 am
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75. Ledbury Celebration 2022! St Katherines Car Park
  • Sunday, 10th July 2022 11:00 am
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77. Workshop: Finding Words for the Pandemic The Poetry House
  • Sunday, 10th July 2022 12:00 pm
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79. Em Strang, Alyson Hallett and Iain Galbraith: What Gladness Can Poetry Offer Us? Burgage Hall
  • Sunday, 10th July 2022 1:00 pm
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80. Vidyan Ravinthiran and Seni Seneviratne: Sri Lankan and Diasporic Poetry Burgage Hall
  • Sunday, 10th July 2022 3:00 pm
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81. Another Time This Time by John London and Chris Danowski, directed by Karen Morash Market Theatre
  • Sunday, 10th July 2022 5:00 pm
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82. Heavy is the head that wears the Crown The Poetry House
  • Tuesday, 12th July 2022 5:00 pm
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Ledbury Poetry Festival 2022

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84. Ledbury BookArts 22 The Weaver's Gallery
  • Friday, 1st July 2022 10:00 am

A ‘handling’ exhibition of artists books, created by 13 Ledbury based artists from the collective Ledbury BookArts  who use a diverse range of materials and processes. Open throughout the festival. (more…)

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51. Peter Sutton on his collection Elgar Country The Market House
  • Thursday, 7th July 2022 9:30 am

A walk over the summits of the northern Malvern Hills which so inspired the composer Elgar, with the poet Peter Sutton who captures the marvellous words of poets, the sounds of the earth, as well as the magical music of Elgar. Bus leaves Ledbury at 9.30am from The Market House, Ledbury and will return to (more…)

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85. Art Exhibition: Experiential Translation Curated by Ricarda Vidal and Madeleine Campbell The Poetry House
  • Thursday, 7th July 2022 11:00 am

This exhibition brings together a collection of artworks which investigate translation as an experiential, sensory, multimodal and intermedial event. The works were created as part of an international collaboration between artists, writers, translators and academics which also included public workshops. Together we trained our eyes to hear and our ears to see in order to translate (more…)

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52. Screening: Du Fu: China's Greatest Poet Market Theatre
  • Thursday, 7th July 2022 1:00 pm

From the Yellow River to the Yangtze gorges and down to the forested plains of Hunan, Michael Wood travels in the footsteps of China’s most loved poet. Born in 712, the age of Beowulf in Britain, Du Fu lived through the violent fall of China’s brilliant Tang Dynasty. A minor official, he took to the (more…)

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54. Multimodal Poetry Translation Workshop Led by Madeleine Campbell and Ricarda Vidal The Heritage Centre
  • Thursday, 7th July 2022 2:00 pm

https://experientialtranslation.net The translation of poetry is notoriously difficult and is, by some, even regarded as a futile endeavour. Poetry, after all, is intricately connected to the language of composition, its sounds, structures, ambiguities, its melody, its feel… This exploratory workshop will draw on intersemiotic resources (i.e. the translation between different sign systems or media) in (more…)

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53. Screening: Ovid: The Poet and The Emperor Market Theatre
  • Thursday, 7th July 2022 2:30 pm

One of the world’s  greatest storytellers, Ovid died in exile 2000 years ago. He rose to spectacular fame with his poems Love Affairs and The Art of Love. His greatest and most influential work Metamorphoses, a compendium of the greatest tales of Greek myth, made him a literary superstar in Rome and has captivated the (more…)

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55. Maria Galina reading and in conversation with Sasha Dugdale Online event
  • Thursday, 7th July 2022 4:00 pm

Ledbury Poetry Festival alumna Maria Galina is a poet, novelist and science Fiction writer, living in Odessa, Ukraine. She discusses and reads from new poetic work and talks with translator and poet Sasha Dugdale about the Russian invasion of Ukraine and living and working in a war zone. Online Zoom event (more…)

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56. Odes to the Ledbury Bells St Michael and All Angels Church
  • Thursday, 7th July 2022 5:45 pm

Tim and Mary Anne Keyes will read Tim’s ten “Odes to the Ledbury Bells” in the dramatic setting of the bellchamber itself where his poems, rather like a condensed and leavened history lesson, will reveal the history and character of each bell and trace its record of sponsorship.  If you can manage a climb of (more…)

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57. Natalie Haynes, Peter Florence and John Mitchinson Dead Poets Society 4: Christopher Logue’s War Music, An Account of Homer’s Iliad Burgage Hall
  • Thursday, 7th July 2022 6:00 pm

Backlisted host John Mitchinson discusses Christopher Logue’s ‘War Music: An Account of Homer’s Iliad’, Books 16-19 with reader and director Peter Florence and the NYT bestselling author of A Thousand Ships and Pandora’s Jar, Natalie Haynes, superstar classicist and creator of BBC Radio 4’s Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics. Live streamed on Zoom             (more…)

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58. Harry Baker and Gecko Burgage Hall
  • Thursday, 7th July 2022 8:00 pm

Singer storyteller Gecko bring his whimsical rhyming tales to Ledbury, as he releases his second  album Climbing Frame, with playful songs that cover the big things in life with wit and warmth. Gecko has previously appeared at Glastonbury, BBC Radio 1 and 6 Music. He has shared stages with the likes of Ed Sheeran, Loyle (more…)

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59. Catherine Swire walks two poems from Soil The Market House
  • Friday, 8th July 2022 9:30 am

Join author Catherine Swire as we follow two of the poetry walks from her outstanding debut collection Soil. In a walk that goes over the summit of British Camp and down to Little Malvern Priory, Catherine will read from the poems and share her unique reflections on the complex relationship between loss and landscape, history and myth. (more…)

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60. Workshop with Jessica Mookherjee Translating the Self & Interpreting Life: beauty in otherness The Heritage Centre
  • Friday, 8th July 2022 10:00 am

Poetry can provide a space in which we can experience our strangeness and difference to the world around us. This workshop will explore how – through poetry we can translate ourselves into being. We will explore the concepts of otherness and difference by noticing the way translation works – and how we translate ourselves into our own unique (more…)

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Weekend Pass Friday 8th - Sunday 10th July 2022
  • Friday, 8th July 2022 10:00 am

Many our weekend events can be attended using a weekend pass.  You can buy them for each of the two weekends of the festival and they are valid for the events listed below.  No need to book the event – just turn up with your weekend pass. *If you want to watch any Weekend Pass (more…)

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61. The Unusual and Unexplained: workshop with Anthony Anaxagorou The Heritage Centre
  • Friday, 8th July 2022 2:00 pm

In this workshop participants will consider the ways strangeness works in poetry. Is it a device used to bamboozle, alienate and exclude readers, or is there a more democratic, plural element to poems which are perceived as being difficult? Anthony Anaxagorou will be asking how we as readers can participate in such poems in a (more…)

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62. Daphne Astor and Sasha Dugdale with Claire Armitstead Dead Poets Society 5: Irina Ratushinskaya Burgage Hall
  • Friday, 8th July 2022 2:00 pm

In this final session discussing the life and work of the giants on whose shoulders contemporary writer’s stand, we consider the Odessa-born dissident poet Irina Ratushinskaya with her friend, the poet, poetry curator and publisher Daphne Astor, the poet and Russian translator, Sasha Dugdale and Claire Armitstead, Associate Editor at The Guardian. Ratushinskaya was sentenced in March (more…)

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63. John Hegley's Biscuit of Destiny: Inspired by the life and work of John Keats Community Hall
  • Friday, 8th July 2022 4:00 pm

A chance to munch on this show before its full Edinburgh Fringe run this summer. John Keats met a woman in Ireland, being carried in a kind of mobile kennel. The Romantic poet observed that she seemed to be suffering from a scarcity of biscuit. Her history and sensations are investigated, alongside those of Keats (more…)

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64. The Long Form Poem: Accessibility, Class and Strangeness Anthony Anaxagorou and Holly Pester Burgage Hall
  • Friday, 8th July 2022 6:00 pm

Anthony Anaxagorou ‘combines the poet’s trained eye for incongruity with a relentless search for knowledge’. Witty and wide-ranging. Heritage Aesthetics draws from Anthony’s family’s migratory histories – between Cyprus and the UK – to interrogate patriarchy, xenophobia and national divides. Anaxagorou unpacks the travelogues of colonial writers and military men alongside experiences of racism in (more…)

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65. Caleb Femi: Poor Burgage Hall
  • Friday, 8th July 2022 8:00 pm

‘Restlessly inventive, brutally graceful, startlingly beautiful … a landmark debut’..The Guardian    ‘It’s simply stunning. Every image is a revelation’ Terrance Hayes What is it like to grow up in a place where the same police officer who told your primary school class they were special, stops and searches you at 13 because ‘you fit (more…)

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67. Embodied Poetry Workshop with Em Strang The Heritage Centre
  • Saturday, 9th July 2022 10:00 am

“If art is created with the whole person, then the art will come out whole”..  – S. Nachmanovitch        Embodied Poetry is a body-centred exploration of the reading, performing and writing of poetry. It offers a combination of a rigorous, intellectual approach to poetry, alongside and in equal measure to, a somatic experience (more…)

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66. John Hegley with I am a Poetato Community Hall
  • Saturday, 9th July 2022 11:00 am

A performance for anyone who has ever been Seven from John Hegley’s children’s books: I am A  Poetato and Stanley’s Stick along with the unpublished Supersonic Sofa and A Snail Tale For Abbigale.          Photo credit: Polly Hancock (more…)

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68. The Power of Endings with Elaine Beckett, Greta Stoddart, Gill Barr and Helen Evans Burgage Hall
  • Saturday, 9th July 2022 11:00 am

Elaine Beckett, Greta Stoddart, Gill Barr, and Helen Evans explore the challenge of when and how to end a poem. Reading from their own and others’ work, the effects of different types of endings are unwrapped, and considered in relation to the wider cycle of life and death. Live streamed on Zoom Weekend Pass Event Sponsored (more…)

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69. Versopolis: A Celebration of European Poetry with Johanna Venho from Finland and Iryna Tsilyk from Ukraine Burgage Hall
  • Saturday, 9th July 2022 1:00 pm

A celebration of European poetry, showcasing poets from Finald and Ukraine. Johanna Venho and Iryna                                                    Tsilik are highly respected in their own country, garlanded with awards and prizes, and the (more…)

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70. Desert Island Poems with Alistair McGowan Community Hall
  • Saturday, 9th July 2022 3:00 pm

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 (more…)

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71. Poetry Claudine Toutoungi and Emma Purshouse Burgage Hall
  • Saturday, 9th July 2022 3:00 pm

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 (more…)

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72. Jessica Mookherjee and Maria Jastrzebska: reading and conversation on Foreignness and Assimilation. Hosted by Ledbury Poetry Critic Sarala Estruch. Burgage Hall
  • Saturday, 9th July 2022 5:00 pm

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 context of creating spaces for multiple poetic identities in a global and fragmented (more…)

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73. Chris Riddell and A.F. Harrold Community Hall
  • Saturday, 9th July 2022 6:45 pm

For this special evening event, as A.F. Harrold reads a selection of poems Chris Riddell will create art before your very eyes. Expect classic poems we all know and love along with new, contemporary and unexpected pieces. Renowned illustrator, political cartoonist and children’s author, Chris Riddell has compiled three best-selling poetry anthologies, Poems to Live (more…)

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74. Ledbury Poetry Slam! Market Theatre
  • Saturday, 9th July 2022 8:30 pm

Join the Master and Mistress of Ceremonies, suave raconteur Steve Rooney and heavenly host Sara-Jane Arbury, for an energetic evening of good verbal vibrations as worldly wordsmiths take the page onto the stage to compete for points that lead to prizes! In this popular contest, brave bards will air their own poems in a bid (more…)

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76. Kayo Chingonyi and Victoria Adukwei Bulley Burgage Hall
  • Sunday, 10th July 2022 11:00 am

Kayo Chingonyi’s remarkable second collection follows the course of a  ‘blood condition’ as it finds its way to deeply personal grounds. From the banks of the Zambezi river to London and Leeds, these poems speak to how distance and time, nations and history, can collapse within a body. ‘A Blood Condition’ is one of the (more…)

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78. What Can you Find in a Poet’s Beard? Chris Riddell and A.F. Harrold Community Hall
  • Sunday, 10th July 2022 11:00 am

Chris Riddell, children’s author, illustrator and former Children’s Laureate, and A.F. Harrold  children’s author, poet and performer, team up to bring you an hour of the finest and funniest family-friendly live-poetry-and-drawinginess this side of your local library’s poetry section. There will be poems, doodles and the sharing of great wisdom from these two unique brains, (more…)

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75. Ledbury Celebration 2022! St Katherines Car Park
  • Sunday, 10th July 2022 11:00 am

11.00am to 5.00pm in St. Katherine’s Car Park, just off Ledbury High Street – entertainment from 12 noon Ledbury’s annual local food and drink festival takes place in the historic setting of St Katherine’s, Ledbury by our very special 15th century Master’s House. The event includes: • An outdoor food and drink market featuring the (more…)

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77. Workshop: Finding Words for the Pandemic The Poetry House
  • Sunday, 10th July 2022 12:00 pm

We want to involve the public in a creative initiative to try and take stock of what has happened over the last eighteen months whilst society has undergone large shifts because of the Covid virus, and think about how other, historical situations of pandemic can help us understand what is going on now. Participants will be (more…)

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79. Em Strang, Alyson Hallett and Iain Galbraith: What Gladness Can Poetry Offer Us? Burgage Hall
  • Sunday, 10th July 2022 1:00 pm

At this time of painful endings – climate change, political distrust, war and a global pandemic – what gladness can poetry offer us? In conversation with poet & translator, Iain Galbraith, two poets from opposite ends of the UK, Alyson Hallett and Em Strang, present compelling narratives of the redemptive powers of nature, entanglement and (more…)

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80. Vidyan Ravinthiran and Seni Seneviratne: Sri Lankan and Diasporic Poetry Burgage Hall
  • Sunday, 10th July 2022 3:00 pm

The diversification of the poetry world is a wonderful thing. But how often do we read and enjoy poems written outside the UK and the US? Seni Seneviratne and Vidyan Ravinthiran, both Sri Lankan-British poets, will read from their own work and also share poems from the anthology of Sri Lankan and diasporic poetry they’re (more…)

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81. Another Time This Time by John London and Chris Danowski, directed by Karen Morash Market Theatre
  • Sunday, 10th July 2022 5:00 pm

Another Time This Time is a collaborative performance drawing on existing texts and images from other times of pandemic and panic as well as contributions from the present. It is part of a wider, cross-disciplinary project titled Experiential Translation and is linked to the eponymous exhibition taking place at Ledbury Poetry House. In fact, some of (more…)

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82. Heavy is the head that wears the Crown The Poetry House
  • Tuesday, 12th July 2022 5:00 pm

This event is an exhibition and showcase of creative work by young people in response to the Jubilee. ‘Heavy is the Head that Wears the Crown’ features exhibitions of creative writing, film and visual art, performances of spoken word and drama made by Ledbury Poetry’s Crucial Creators Multi-disciplinary Arts Group, Hereford’s Cracked Slipper Company and (more…)

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