01. Festival Launch! Showcase and Celebration!


  • Friday, 29th June 2018
    5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

This event showcases poets at all stages of their development. Starting with John Masefield High School pupils. Then Foyle Young Poets Ankita Saxena, Jade Cuttle and Charlotte Wetton.  Plus renowned poets appearing at the Festival, including Major Jackson, Zaffar Kunial and Joelle Taylor. Host Brenda Read-Brown 5pm – 6-30pm …[Read More]

02. Jackie Kay


  • Friday, 29th June 2018
    7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

One of Scotland’s most celebrated writers, reading and talking about her new collection Bantam. ‘Jackie Kay depicts a world of grief, joy, love and humour in the sparest terms’ (The Guardian). Read the full review here 7.30pm – 8.30pm Burgage Hall £12.50 Sponsored by Bert Molsom   …[Read More]

03. Joelle Taylor and Sabrina Mahfouz


  • Friday, 29th June 2018
    9:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Two supreme performers and a relaxed Friday night atmosphere! ‘Joelle Taylor’s a shape-shifter, mythmaker, linguistic risk-taker, poetical activist, surrealist with a raised fist’ (Patience Agbabi). Sabrina Mahfouz is ‘in quite a different league..she speaks lyrically and powerfully…a real find’ (The Times). 9pm – 10.30pm Royal Hall (Bar available) £9.50 …[Read More]

04. Poetic Line: Linda Gregerson workshop for experienced writers


  • Saturday, 30th June 2018
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm

What is it that constitutes the poetic line?  Is it a unit of thought? of musical phrasing?  of tension between the expectations of syntax and the subversions of the figurative imagination? In this workshop, we’ll examine some contrasting uses of the poetic line in a selection of English-language poets. We’ll also try our hand at …[Read More]

05. Refugee Tales with Patrick Gale and Jackie Kay


  • Saturday, 30th June 2018
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Showcasing an anthology in which poets and novelists retell the stories of asylum seekers who have suffered at the hands of Britain’s policy of ‘indefinite detention’. In Refugee Tales, poets and novelists retell the true stories of asylum seekers who’ve suffered at the hands of Britain’s policy of ‘indefinite detention’, in the form of a …[Read More]

Exhibitions


  • Saturday, 30th June 2018 - Saturday, 7th July 2018
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Poetry Paradise Garden: Community Artwork and Poetry An artistic celebration of the festival’s community outreach programme. Hundreds of participants from 15 community groups have been creating poetry and artwork to the theme of a Poetry Paradise Garden. Plus special paintings and poems from LPF’s partnership with Herefordshire MIND mental health charity. Master’s House Panelled Room BookArt 18 …[Read More]

20 Minutes with…Elisabeth Sennitt Clough


  • Saturday, 30th June 2018
    10:30 am - 10:50 am

Elisabeth Sennitt Clough is a dual-nationality British/American poet who grew up in Cambridge, England. She has published two works of poetry: Glass and Sightings, her debut full collection. The Panelled Room, The Master’s House 10.30am – 10.50am Free …[Read More]

FREE FAMILY FUN! EVENTS FOR ALL!


  • Saturday, 30th June 2018
    11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Poetic Delights in the Walled Garden 11am – 4pm Walled Garden, Ledbury Fox in Socks in clay all day!  Come and help build a tottering teetering clay tower of crazy characters inspired by the Dr. Seuss classic Fox in Socks. Eastnor Pottery & The Flying Potter will be in the walled garden hosting tongue-twisting pottery fun …[Read More]

Fun is Good!


  • Saturday, 30th June 2018
    11:00 am - 11:45 am
  • Saturday, 30th June 2018
    2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

Calling all cats in hats and green grinches! Join wacky word wizard Sara-Jane Arbury and her assistant goon Steve Rooney as they take silly looks at Dr. Seuss books and whizz words off the page onto the stage! Expect zany games, splendiferous spellings and prime rhymes. Oodles of family fun for ages 1–101! 11am – …[Read More]

20 Minutes with…Kathy Pimlott


  • Saturday, 30th June 2018
    11:30 am - 11:50 am

Kathy Pimlott lives and works in Seven Dials, London. She will read poems from her pamphlet, Goose Fair Night, which was published by Emma Press, as well as new poems. Kathy is currently preparing a collection around the themes of place – who owns it and how it owns us. Given the early hour, any …[Read More]

20 Minutes with…Maya Chowdhry


  • Saturday, 30th June 2018
    2:20 pm - 2:40 pm

Maya Chowdhry’s most recent collection Fossil explores the impact of human activity on climate change though a post-colonial lens and from the perspective of all life on earth including plants, creatures, elements and inanimate objects. ‘The poems in Fossil have been waiting millions of years to be born. Maya Chowdhry’s language erupts out of deep …[Read More]

08. Helen Dunmore Tribute


  • Saturday, 30th June 2018
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Hosted by Neil Astley, Editor of Bloodaxe Books Featuring a number of Festival poets reading poems by Helen Dunmore or inspired by her work. 3pm – 4pm Burgage Hall £5.50   Sponsored by LJI …[Read More]

20 Minutes with…Ailbhe Darcy


  • Saturday, 30th June 2018
    4:20 pm - 4:40 pm

A new child should mean new hope. But what if that’s no longer so? Ailbhe Darcy’s second collection of poetry unfolds in an intimate world, in which the words home and love dominate. But the private world is threatened by a public one. Written in the American Rust Belt, in an era of climate change …[Read More]

11. The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah


  • Saturday, 30th June 2018
    7:00 pm - 8:40 pm

Featuring stories about his remarkable life, including his friendship with Nelson Mandela, his musical career with The Wailers, his political campaigns and how he became one of Britain’s most popular poets. 7pm – 8.40pm Community Hall £18 Sponsored by Orme and Slade …[Read More]

12. Hollie McNish and Vanessa Kissule


  • Saturday, 30th June 2018
    9:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Two supreme performers and a relaxed Saturday night atmosphere! Hollie McNish writes with ‘honesty, conviction, humour and love’ (Kate Tempest). Vanessa Kisuule ‘is an explosion wrapped in ribbon. One of the most powerful performers of her generation’ (Joelle Taylor). 9pm – 10.30pm Royal Hall (Bar Available) £9.50 …[Read More]

13. Poetry Reading: Lachlan MacKinnon and Linda Gregerson


  • Sunday, 1st July 2018
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm

American poet Linda Gregerson ‘produces lyrical poems informed by her expansive reading that are inquisitive, unflinching, and tender’ (Poetry Foundation). Lachlan MacKinnon’s Doves is a ‘magnificent collection, suffused with gentle wisdom and studded with moments of quiet revelation’ (Scotsman). 11am – 12noon Burgage Hall £9.50    …[Read More]

20 Minutes with…William Wootten


  • Sunday, 1st July 2018
    11:30 am - 11:50 am

William Wootten grew up in Somerset, lives in London, and teaches at the University of Bristol. He is the author of the poetry collection You Have a Visitor (Worple, 2016), and his poems have appeared in magazines. He is also the author of the critical study, The Alvarez Generation: Thom Gunn, Geoffrey Hill, Ted Hughes, …[Read More]

20 Minutes with…Danny Pandolfi


  • Sunday, 1st July 2018
    12:15 pm - 12:35 pm

Danny “Craft-D” Pandolfi is a spoken word poet, writer, musician, rapper and battle MC from London, and current Resident Artist at the Roundhouse in London. His spoken word and rap performances aim to bridge the gap between forms associated with traditional poetry and contemporary hip-hop, using experimental rhyme schemes, structures and metaphors, often challenging societal …[Read More]

15. British Sign Language Translation Duel


  • Sunday, 1st July 2018
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Paul Scott’s poem Snowflake is created and performed in British Sign Language – a language with complex three-dimensional syntax, and no written form – so how do you get a performing body onto the page? Come along to experience and explore sign language poetry and, of course, to judge the efforts of Kyra Pollitt and …[Read More]

17. Poetry Reading: Nia Davies and Caroline Bird


  • Sunday, 1st July 2018
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

T.S.Eliot Prize shortlisted, Caroline Bird’s ‘poems burst with linguistic energy’ (TLS). ‘Nia Davies quietly dismembers the world around her with a gleeful irreverence and quirky humour’ (Geraldine Monk). 1pm – 2pm Burgage Hall £9.50   …[Read More]

18. Zaffar Kunial One to Ones


  • Sunday, 1st July 2018
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  • Sunday, 1st July 2018
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Sunday, 1st July 2018
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Sunday, 1st July 2018
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Develop your poetry writing skills with an individual session. 2pm – 4pm Meet at Poetry Festival Box Office £15 per half hour session Supported by Herefordshire Libraries   …[Read More]

20 Minutes with…Matt Black


  • Sunday, 1st July 2018
    2:00 pm - 2:20 pm

Matt Black was Derbyshire Poet Laureate (2011-2013). He will be reading serious and entertaining poems from Spoon Rebellion (Smith Doorstop, 2017) and from Tales from the Leaking Boot (Iron Press, 2018), which is newly published and contains observational and mischievous haiku travel journals from travels in Texas, Germany, Turkey and Cleethorpes. His play The Storm Officer tours in 2018. www.matt-black.co.uk …[Read More]

19. Wendy Cope: Anecdotal Evidence


  • Sunday, 1st July 2018
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Anecdotal Evidence demonstrates the formal brilliance and empathetic insight which have delighted readers for years, and shows why Wendy Cope is one of our best-loved poets. 3pm – 4pm Community Hall £9.50  (£7.50 for Friends of the festival) Sponsored by Sitara Restaurant    …[Read More]

20. Ritual Poetry


  • Sunday, 1st July 2018
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

To celebrate a new issue of Poetry Wales, Nisha Ramayya invokes a tantric poetics, Elizabeth-Jane Burnett takes a transformative wild swim and Rhys Trimble makes a multilingual dismemberment of the text. Presented by editor Nia Davies. 3pm – 4pm Burgage Hall £9.50   …[Read More]

21. Poetry Reading: Jane Commane and Liz Berry


  • Sunday, 1st July 2018
    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The magical Liz Berry’s new pamphlet is The Republic of Motherhood. Her first book of poems, Black Country (Chatto 2014) described as a ‘sooty, soaring hymn top her native West Midlands’ (Guardian) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, received a Somerset Maugham Award won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Award and Forward Prize for Best First …[Read More]

24. Film: A Quiet Passion


  • Sunday, 1st July 2018
    7:00 pm - 9:05 pm

Emily Dickinson Biopic DIRECTOR AND SCREENPLAY: Terence Davies CAST: Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle, Keith Carradine and Jodhi May RUNTIME: 125 Minutes CERTIFICATE: 12A This is a beautifully controlled and refreshingly funny biopic on the 19th century American poet Emily Dickinson who lived a cerebral and yet passionate life in Amherst, Massachusetts where she wrote some …[Read More]

23. Cynhebrwng Aer / Air Burial


  • Sunday, 1st July 2018
    7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

A ceremony in which participants are invited to ‘air-bury’ a body of poetic work. With Nia Davies and Rhys Trimble. If you would like to participate please inform the box office. 7.30 – 8.30pm Baptist Hall £9.50 …[Read More]

25. How to be a Poet: Workshop with Jo Bell and Jane Commane


  • Monday, 2nd July 2018
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join the authors of How to be a Poet (a new poetry handbook and manifesto for good writing) for a day-workshop focused on improving, challenging and developing your poems and finding the best approaches for getting them into print. Designed to help you take your poetry practice up a gear, this day will consist of two workshop …[Read More]

26. Reading the Romantics Part 1


  • Monday, 2nd July 2018
    12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Parts 1 and 2 on Monday and Tuesday (and repeated on Wednesday and Thursday) Enjoy enhanced comfort over the course of two days with the Length Matters team, Sara-Jane Arbury, John Burns and Martyn Moxley, as they address Romantic affairs with spirited readings from Lord Byron, John Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelley. Today’s programme presents …[Read More]

Eating with words


  • Monday, 2nd July 2018
    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
  • Wednesday, 4th July 2018
    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
  • Thursday, 5th July 2018
    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
  • Friday, 6th July 2018
    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
  • Saturday, 7th July 2018
    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Ploughman’s lunches with a poetry theme in The Chapter House at St Michael’s Church. St Michael’s Church, Ledbury will be hosting a series of lunches during the week of the Ledbury Poetry Festival, each with a different poetic theme and some enabling those who attend to participate if they wish.  They will take place on …[Read More]

27. The Power of Words – 21st Century Mental Health


  • Monday, 2nd July 2018
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Power of Words – 21st Century Mental Health As Herefordshire Mind celebrates its 40th Birthday, join us to reflect but, more importantly, look forward to how we should consider mental health in the 21st Century. With a rise in public awareness thanks to campaigns such as Time To Change and Heads Together at the …[Read More]

Malvern Writers Circle


  • Monday, 2nd July 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Malvern Writers’ Circle at Trumpet Corner, Near Ledbury, HR8 2RA Join MWC and friends for a free afternoon of poetry in the beautiful setting of Trumpet Corner, Tearoom, Gallery, Gardens, as they celebrate the Circle’s seventy years of encouraging  writing talent. 2pm – 4pm Free     …[Read More]

28. Sarah Churchwell on Sylvia Plath


  • Monday, 2nd July 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The renowned author and academic in conversation with Anna Saunders on themes including biography, authorship, celebrity and the marketplace. 6pm – 7pm Burgage Hall £9.50 Sponsored by Viv Arscott …[Read More]

29. Desert Island Poems with Miles Jupp


  • Monday, 2nd July 2018
    8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Actor, comedian and host of BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz, Miles Jupp shares his favourite poems. Hosted by Jill Abram 8pm – 9pm Community Hall £12.50 Sponsored by Butler and Sweatman and Greendawn Accounting   …[Read More]

30. Mix Tape


  • Monday, 2nd July 2018
    8:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Rising stars of poetry Nick Makoha and Roger Robinson present a unique new show of poetry and music mosaics, Mixtape. With enduring friendship at its centre, hear poems which leap back and forth in time, giving voice to the universal struggle to carve out personal and political identities. Poems about music, poems about love, poems …[Read More]

31. Sing Gregorian Chant Open Workshop


  • Tuesday, 3rd July 2018
    9:30 am - 5:00 pm

SING GREGORIAN CHANT is a chance to experience Gregorian chant in a friendly context.

Simple recitation in English leads to some of the rich heritage of more adventurous Latin chant. All are welcome. The courses are open to anyone; women and men, singers and non-singers. Beginners are encouraged to join, together with experienced singers. The aim is to be an entertaining, friendly, informative and enjoyable experience. …[Read More]

32. Reading the Romantics Part 2


  • Tuesday, 3rd July 2018
    12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Parts 1 and 2 on Monday and Tuesday (and repeated on Wednesday and Thursday) Continue to enjoy Romantic intercourse between lunch courses as Sara-Jane Arbury, John Burns and Martyn Moxley conclude Lord Byron’s passionate story The Corsair, and give a rare reading of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s influential political poem The Masque of Anarchy. 12pm – …[Read More]

36. Herefordshire Life Through a Lens: Stories from the Hop Yards


  • Tuesday, 3rd July 2018
    5:15 pm - 8:00 pm

‘Herefordshire Life Through a Lens: Stories from the Hop Yards’ Tues 3 July 5.15-8pm, Market Theatre, Ledbury HR8 2AQ Inspired by the re-discovered Derek Evans Studio photographic archive, this film brims with archive photos and film, new interviews, humour, songs and poetry. Made by local film-makers Catcher Media, this Heritage Lottery funded project explores the …[Read More]

38. Tony Sharpe on Auden’s Holy Places


  • Wednesday, 4th July 2018
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Talk focused on the poem, In Praise of Limestone, exploring the reasons why such a landscape came to be described by Auden as ‘sacred’.  ‘When I try to imagine a faultless love/ Or the life to come, what I hear is the murmur/ Of undergound streams, what I see is a limestone landscape’: thus Auden concludes …[Read More]

40. Reading the Romantics, Part 1


  • Wednesday, 4th July 2018
    12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

with Sara-Jane Arbury, John Burns and Martyn Moxley Parts 1 and 2 on Wednesday and Thursday, repeated from Monday and Tuesday. In a repeat of events 26 & 32, the Length Matters team, Sara-Jane Arbury, John Burns and Martyn Moxley, address Romantic affairs with spirited readings from Lord Byron, John Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelley. …[Read More]

43. Derek Walcott talk by poet Matthew Clegg


  • Wednesday, 4th July 2018
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Matthew Clegg will be offering a personal and creative appreciation of the poetry of Derek Walcott – one of the most respected poets to emerge from the Caribbean, and a recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature. Why does a poetry that originates from the tiny island of St Lucia have such resonance with readers …[Read More]

44. Pascale Petit and Tishani Doshi


  • Wednesday, 4th July 2018
    8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A reading and dance performance. Pascale Petit’s Mama Amazonica ‘is a major literary feat, and this a brilliant sequence of poems. It burns in its own supranatural light’ (PBS). About Mama Amazonica Mama Amazonica is set in a psychiatric ward and in the Amazon rainforest, an asylum for animals on the brink of extinction. It reveals …[Read More]

45. A poetic take on life in and out of Squeeze with Chris Difford


  • Wednesday, 4th July 2018
    8:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Chris Difford is co-founder of Squeeze, one of Britain’s best loved bands famous for their hit songs “Cool For Cats”, “Up The Junction”, “Another Nail In My Heart”, “Is This Love” and “Labelled With Love” amongst many others.  “Chris will be playing classic Squeeze songs and talking poetry, lyric writing and life lessons in conversation with …[Read More]

47. Close Reading Session: Whale Nation or Blue Planet?


  • Thursday, 5th July 2018
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm

John Parham will mark Heathcote Williams’ influence and explore his book-length poem Whale Nation. 10am – 12noon Burgage Hall £9.50 The reading of Whale Nation will be in conjunction with the recent popularity of Blue Planet II and how that has again raised consciousness about our impact on other species and the planet. Published in …[Read More]

48. Reading the Romantics, Part 2


  • Thursday, 5th July 2018
    12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

with Sara-Jane Arbury, John Burns and Martyn Moxley Parts 1 and 2 on Wednesday and Thursday, repeated from Monday and Tuesday. Continue to enjoy Romantic intercourse between lunch courses as Sara-Jane Arbury, John Burns and Martyn Moxley conclude Lord Byron’s passionate story The Corsair, and give a rare reading of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s influential political …[Read More]

Being Heard


  • Thursday, 5th July 2018
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

An incredible opportunity to hear and witness a selection of young people’s poetry. Written by young people from SHYPP (Supported Housing for Young People Project) as part of the Festival’s community outreach programme. Community Hall 1pm – 2pm Free     …[Read More]

50. The Personal is Political


  • Thursday, 5th July 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join Pascale Petit, Kim Moore, Deborah Alma and Roz Goddard, in conversation and readings from #MeToo – rallying against sexual assault and harassment: A women’s poetry anthology. 6pm – 7pm Burgage Hall £9.50   Sponsored by Alan & Judy Lloyd …[Read More]

52. Martin Figura in Dr Zeeman’s Catastrophe Machine


  • Thursday, 5th July 2018
    8:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Is there a mathematical equation for love and the behaviour of a beating heart? What can be retrieved from life’s catastrophes and wounds? When our windshield is blurred with rain and we’re wearing our reading glasses, can we learn to look in the rear view mirror and smile? Doctor Zeeman’s Catastrophe Machine, is the new stage …[Read More]

53. Kim Moore workshop: Veiling the Narrative


  • Friday, 6th July 2018
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm

What are the different ways of ‘veiling the narrative’ in poetry and should we try and do this at all? During this workshop we’ll be looking at different ways of telling a story in our poem. Using techniques such as fragmentation and repetition, we will experiment with the idea …[Read More]

54. Eric Gregory Award Winners


  • Friday, 6th July 2018
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Eric Gregory Awards consistently identify some of the best young poets including Sarah Howe, Andrew McMillan and many of the poets who headline the Festival. Come and hear this year’s winners. 12noon – 1pm Burgage Hall Free but ticketed   …[Read More]

55. Sinead Morrissey workshop: No Ideas But In Things


  • Friday, 6th July 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

NO IDEAS BUT IN THINGS In this two-hour workshop we will be exploring William Carlos William’s dictum, no ideas but in things, in greater detail. What is the relationship between nouns and ideas in poetry and what are the mechanisms by which nouns carry ideas and are transformed into symbols? 2pm – 4pm Community Hall …[Read More]

58. Sinead Morrissey


  • Friday, 6th July 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Poetry reading and in conversation with Sarah Crown. On Balance ‘Sinéad Morrissey’s Forward-winning collection is a breathtaking feat, blending fiction, memoir and history’ (The Guardian). 6pm – 7pm Burgage Hall £9.50 …[Read More]

59. Poetry Reading: Raymond Antrobus, Peter Raynard and Josephine Corcoran


  • Friday, 6th July 2018
    8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

‘A set of rollicking dispatches from a Britain rarely ever heard from except in the disparaging tones of others. Peter Raynard details the toll this exacts on all of us with a rare, almost brutal frankness’ (Mona Arshi). Peter Raynard is the editor of Proletarian Poetry: poems of working class lives (www.proletarianpoetry.com), which has featured …[Read More]

60. Paul Henry and Brian Briggs (Stornoway)


  • Friday, 6th July 2018
    8:30 pm - 10:00 pm

The Glass Aisle is an astonishing collaboration between two major talents in poetry and music: acclaimed songwriter and singer Brian Briggs, frontman of Stornoway and Welsh poet Paul Henry. The Glass Aisle is a long poem with songs, set on the Brecon and Monmouthshire canal, which explores its associations with radio pioneer Marconi and an …[Read More]

62. What is the Role of the Poetry Critic?


  • Saturday, 7th July 2018
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm

How do poetry reviews reflect diversity and the value of poetry in society? Who are they written for? Panel discussion with Sandeep Parmar, Telegraph poetry critic Tristram Fane Saunders and two Ledbury Emerging Poetry Critics, Dzifa Benson and Sarala Estruch. 11am – 12noon Burgage Hall £9.50 …[Read More]

64. Bob Stanley and John Clegg


  • Saturday, 7th July 2018
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Bob Stanley, musician of Saint Etienne fame, journalist and author of Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Story of Modern Pop, chats about song writing and the importance of lyrics in pop music with poet John Clegg Hellens Manor 11am – 12noon £9.50          …[Read More]

Live Poetry Jukebox and the Poetry Postie!


  • Saturday, 7th July 2018
    11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Step inside the Live Poetry Jukebox! Adie Mueller is The poetry jukebox. A selection of delicious and delectable poems about love, life, hope and fun will be waiting for you, pickled and preserved in jars and stored in Mueller & Malten’s marvellous Wunderkammer. Choose a jar and release its full flavours!  Free, drop in, various locations. …[Read More]

63. Poems At The Printers


  • Slot 1 - 11.30am
    Saturday, 7th July 2018
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • Slot 2 - 12.30pm
    Saturday, 7th July 2018
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Lesley Ingram and Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch perform poems that are hot off the press. Tilley’s Printers 11.30am – 12noon and again at 12.30pm – 1pm £5   …[Read More]

20 Minutes with…Kateryna Kalytko


  • Saturday, 7th July 2018
    11:30 am - 11:50 am

Kateryna Kalytko (1982) is a writer and translator. She’s an author of six award-winning poetry collections, the last of which is Torture Chamber. Vineyard. Home. She has also published two short books of short stories: M(h)ystery and The Land of the Lost, or Little Scary Tales. All of which are highly praised by Ukraininan critics. …[Read More]

20 Minutes with…Tomica Bajsic


  • Saturday, 7th July 2018
    12:15 pm - 12:35 pm

Tomica Bajsic was born in 1968. in Zagreb, Croatia. Poet, prose writer, graphic artist and translator. He studied for three years at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. Author of four poetry collections, two books of prose, and a picture book for kids. Translator and editor of four international poetry anthologies. Twice awarded with …[Read More]

65. George Mario Angel Quintero and Richard Gwyn


  • Saturday, 7th July 2018
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Colombian poet George Mario Angel Quintero and translator and editor of The Other Tiger, Recent Poetry from Latin America, Richard Gwynn take a whirlwind tour of South American poetry. Discussion and poetry reading. 1pm – 2pm Burgage Hall £9.50 Sponsored by Jim & Mo Dening …[Read More]

66. Found Voices with Sara-Jane Arbury


  • Saturday, 7th July 2018
    2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

In early 2018, Joined Up Heritage commissioned Sara-Jane Arbury to write poems inspired by eight Ledbury heritage sites using words found within the buildings themselves, and from First World War poetry. The poems will create a unique walking trail for the town. Join Sara-Jane as she launches the trail with an entertaining poetic tour around …[Read More]

20 Minutes with…Michal Sobol


  • Saturday, 7th July 2018
    2:00 pm - 2:20 pm

Polish Versopolis poet Michal Sobol was born in 1970. He published four collections of poetry and the interest of critics and readers alike increased along with the publication of the book Pulsary (Pulsars, 2013), for which the poet obtained various awards. The Panelled Room, The Master’s House 2pm – 2.20pm Free         …[Read More]

20 Minutes with…Lou Raoul


  • Saturday, 7th July 2018
    3:40 pm - 4:00 pm

French Versopolis poet Lou Raoul was born in 1964, in a bilingual French-Breton environment which shaped her perception of life. Her experience of the world, from a very early stage, was influenced by the languages that people customarily speak. Her writing brings Breton close to French and expresses Breton through French. It wavers between narrative …[Read More]

68. James Yorkston and Alexis Taylor


  • Saturday, 7th July 2018
    4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Conversation with James Yorkston and Alexis Taylor on lyric writing, poetry, influences and inspirations before their performance tonight (bring a picnic supper and enjoy both events) Hellens Manor 4.30pm – 5.30pm £5     Photo (c) Steve Gullick …[Read More]

70. Modern Poetry in Translation Summer Launch


  • Saturday, 7th July 2018
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join Modern Poetry in Translation’s editor Clare Pollard to celebrate the summer’s LGBTQ focus. With Mary Jean Chan discussing queerness and the concept of ‘Playtime’; Richard Scott reading versions of Verlaine and new translations of Jayan Cherian; Jennifer Lee Tsai picking her highlights. 6.30pm – 7.30pm Burgage Hall £9.50     …[Read More]

71. James Yorkston and Alexis Taylor Performance


  • Saturday, 7th July 2018
    8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

James Yorkston is a Scottish folk musician, celebrated for the earthy intimacy of his lyrics and the soaring beauty of his music. ‘The finest song-writer of his generation’ John Peel. Alexis Taylor is lead singer of Hot Chip and his new solo album ‘is an expansive and experimental collection of songs – one that refuses …[Read More]

72. Ledbury Poetry Slam


  • Saturday, 7th July 2018
    8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Brace yourselves for a knockout night of poetry as worldly wordsmiths take the page onto the stage to compete for points that lead to prizes! In this popular contest, brave bards parade their poems in a bid to reach the hearts and hearing parts of the public. Random judges award points for style, content and warmth of …[Read More]

73. A Normal Imagination with Henry Normal


  • Saturday, 7th July 2018
    8:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Henry Normal, co-writer of The Royle Family and other comedy hits, presents his unique brand of poetry, stories and humour as heard on BBC Radio 4. 8.30pm – 10.30pm Burgage Hall £15 (to include an interval drink) Sponsored by Stuart and Wendy Houghton …[Read More]

74. Poetry Walk: Poems and Paths


  • Sunday, 8th July 2018
    9:30 am - 12:00 pm

A walk led by poet Jean Atkin on paths through ancient woodland. We’ll go at a gentle pace, with pauses to listen to a poem, and, if you like, a couple of opportunities to respond in writing to prompts provided by Jean along the way.  Frith Wood features in the Domesday Book and contains traces …[Read More]

75. Judy Brown Workshop: (Dis)mantling, (dis)assembly and (dis)obedience


  • Sunday, 8th July 2018
    10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Sometimes it’s the parts you need, not the whole.  A poem can take things to bits as well as build them – it can dismantle bodies and buildings, and excavate language and systems until the floor almost falls in.  This workshop will offer some ways of disassembling things we know to create new work.  We will look at how …[Read More]

20 Minutes with…Nasser Hussain


  • Sunday, 8th July 2018
    10:30 am - 10:50 am

Ledbury Emerging Poetry Critic Nasser Hussain is a poet and lecturer in Literature and Creative Writing at Leeds Beckett University. His first interest in poetry was through performance, and his first collection, Boldface, was published by Burning Eye Books in 2014. His current project is SKY WRI TEI NGS, a book of poems composed entirely …[Read More]

Festival Bike Ride 2018


  • Sunday, 8th July 2018
    10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Festival bike ride with poetry readings along the route Meet under the Market House 10.30am start – 12.30pm Free but Ticketed     …[Read More]

77. American Stars Marie Howe and Jericho Brown


  • Sunday, 8th July 2018
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Marie Howe’s poetry is ‘luminous, intense, and eloquent, rooted in an abundant  inner life’ (Stanley Kunitz). Howe’s latest collection is Magdalene and Jericho Brown’s is The New Testament. ‘To read Jericho Brown’s poems is to encounter devastating genius’ (Claudia Rankine). Hosted by Bloodaxe Books editor Neil Astley. 11am – 12noon Burgage Hall £9.50    …[Read More]

20 Minutes with…Dzifa Benson


  • Sunday, 8th July 2018
    11:30 am - 11:50 am

Ledbury Emerging Poetry Critic Dzifa Benson will be reading new poems and other pieces from a work-in-progress poetry collection about Sara Baartman, popularly known as the Hottentot Venus. She is also developing a theatrical show, The Spit of Me, inspired by the story DNA can tell us about time, identity, culture and humanity. The Panelled …[Read More]

A Ledbury Celebration on Ledbury High Street!


  • Sunday, 8th July 2018
    12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Sunday 8 July Poetry, music and entertainment stage 12noon–5pm Food and drink market 12noon–4pm Poetry, music, entertainment and the best local food and drink! Rob Barratt, Hip Hop Shakespeare with Kurly McGeachie, Nico Reznick, the dulcet tones of Ludlow Jazz Collective, SassCapella, LADS. Over 30 food and drink stalls organised by Ledbury Food Group. Ledbury …[Read More]

20 Minutes with…Mary Jean Chan


  • Sunday, 8th July 2018
    12:15 pm - 12:35 pm

Mary Jean Chan is a poet, editor and academic from Hong Kong. Her work has appeared in The 2018 Forward Book of Poetry, The Poetry Review, Poetry London, PN Review, Ambit Magazine, The Rialto, The London Magazine, Oxford Poetry, Callaloo Journal, The Asian American Writers’ Workshop, Magma, The Scores, Tongue and English: Journal of the …[Read More]

79. Ukranian Translation Duel


  • Sunday, 8th July 2018
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Poem by Kateryna Kalytko  with translators Iryna Shuvalova and Uilleam Blacker. Hosted by Sasha Dugdale. In partnership with Modern Poetry in Translation magazine. 1pm – 2pm Burgage Hall £9.50 …[Read More]

20 Minutes with…Jade Cuttle


  • Sunday, 8th July 2018
    1:20 pm - 1:40 pm

Ledbury Emerging Poetry Critic Jade Cuttle read Modern & Medieval Literature at University of Cambridge. She‘s performed on Radio 3 in association with BBC Proms and been commissioned for other BBC podcasts. A double recipient of the Foyle Young Poet Award, 1st place winner in BBC Proms’ Poetry Competition, she was Poet-in-Residence for Ilkley Literature …[Read More]

81. Zaffar Kunial One to Ones


  • Slot 1 - 2.00pm
    Sunday, 8th July 2018
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  • Slot 2 - 2.30pm
    Sunday, 8th July 2018
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Slot 3 - 3.00pm
    Sunday, 8th July 2018
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Slot 4 - 3.30pm
    Sunday, 8th July 2018
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Develop your poetry writing skills with an individual session. 2pm – 4pm Meet at the box office £15 per half hour session Supported by Herefordshire Libraries …[Read More]

20 Minutes with…Sarala Estruch


  • Sunday, 8th July 2018
    2:20 pm - 2:40 pm

Sarala Estruch is a London-based writer, poet and Ledbury Emerging Poetry Critic. Her poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in Wasafiri, The North, and The White Review, among others. Her work has been commended for the Wasafiri New Writing Prize and the PBS National Student Poetry Competition. A pamphlet-length collection …[Read More]

83. Jan Wagner and Iain Galbraith


  • Sunday, 8th July 2018
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Jan Wagner is one of the most important German-language poets of the younger generation. Poetry readings and discussion with his award-winning translator Iain Galbraith. 3pm – 4pm Burgage Hall £9.50   …[Read More]

20 Minutes with…Jennifer Lee Tsai


  • Sunday, 8th July 2018
    3:20 pm - 3:40 pm

Ledbury Emerging Poetry Critic Jennifer Lee Tsai is a British-Chinese poet based in Liverpool. A graduate of St Andrews and Liverpool Universities, she completed an MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) with Distinction from the University of Manchester in 2015. Jennifer is a fellow of The Complete Works III. Her poems appear in the Bloodaxe anthology, …[Read More]

84. Queer Language


  • Sunday, 8th July 2018
    3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Discussion on LGBTQ Poetry, Identity and History, with John McCullough in conversation with Chloe Garner. 3.30pm–4.30pm Baptist Hall £5 …[Read More]

20 Minutes with…Maryam Hessavi


  • Sunday, 8th July 2018
    4:20 pm - 4:40 pm

Ledbury Emerging Poetry Critic Maryam Hessavi is a British, Manchester-based poet of English and Iranian decent. An alumnus of the University of Manchester, Maryam was commissioned by the Irish World Heritage Centre to read her poem ‘The Sea Gulls’ at the 1916:2016 Commemoration Concert in 2016. Her work has also featured in the Peter Barlow’s …[Read More]

85. Versopolis Readings


  • Sunday, 8th July 2018
    5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

A grand finale of readings by Versopolis poets Kateryna Kalytko (Ukraine), Tomica Bajsic (Croatia), Michal Sobol (Poland), Lou Raoul (France/Brittany) and UK poets for 2018 Sasha Dugdale, Sandeep Parmar and Mererid Hopwood 5pm – 7pm (interval with drinks available) Burgage Hall Free but ticketed Sponsored by Alison & Nigel Falls       …[Read More]