Poetry Residential for 2019


  • Residential 2019
    Monday, 1st July 2019 - Thursday, 4th July 2019
    11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Book a place on the Poetry Residential 2019. Prices include the course, accommodation and delicious home made food freshly prepared on location.  There are 3 small single bedrooms and 5 larger single bedrooms which share a number of bathrooms plus 2 large double rooms with en-suite facilities.  The event is limited to 10 places so, …[Read More]

Exhibitions


  • Friday, 5th July 2019 - Sunday, 14th July 2019
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

MAPPA LEDBURY ART EXHIBITION Panelled Room, The Master’s House Join this artistic celebration of the Ledbury Poetry Festival’s Community Programme. Hundreds of participants across the county have been creating poetry and artwork with Ledbury artist Jeanette McCulloch in response to the theme of Mappa Ledbury, taking its inspiration from Herefordshire’s famous Mappa Mundi. The exhibition …[Read More]

The Waters of Herefordshire


  • Friday, 5th July 2019
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Herefordshire Stanza Poets have a wealth of watery poems which they will share with you in this ODD space, and browse the gallery’s festival-long ‘Waters’ Exhibition of art and books. Free …[Read More]

01. Ledbury Forte Poetry Prize for Second Collections


  • Friday, 5th July 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

The judges, Linda Gregerson and Lachlan Mackinnon, will announce 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. This event is included in the weekend package …[Read More]

Music at The Barn, Ledbury – After-hours Festival Venue


  • Friday, 5th July 2019 - Sunday, 14th July 2019
    6:00 pm - 11:30 pm

If you like local beer and wine, sassy street food and diverse music you will love this venue! There will be live entertainment at The Barn throughout the Festival, so after your last Festival event has finished drop by or visit https://www.facebook.com/LiveInLedbury/ (some events might be ticketed see The Ledbury Fringe Programme for details)   …[Read More]

02. Roger McGough joinedupwriting


  • Friday, 5th July 2019
    8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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 …[Read More]

03. Roundtable conversation with Lachlan Mackinnon


  • Saturday, 6th July 2019
    10:00 am - 11:30 am

This is an open-ended round table discussion hosted by poet Lachlan Mackinnon. Topics might include the craft of poetry and books read and enjoyed. Bring along questions, problems with a poem in progress. Test out endings or titles and share niggles with poems. Enjoy a conversation with Lachlan Mackinnon in the company of other experienced …[Read More]

20 Minutes with… Doireann Ní Ghríofa


  • Saturday, 6th July 2019
    10:20 am - 10:40 am

Doireann Ní Ghríofa is an award-winning bilingual writer, born in the west of Ireland in 1981. Her books explore birth, death, desire, and domesticity. Her latest books are Lies (Dedalus Press, 2018), which draws on a decade of her Irish language poems in translation, and 9 Silences (Salvage Press), a collaborative book with acclaimed visual …[Read More]

Family Fun events in The Walled Garden


  • Saturday, 6th July 2019
    11:00 am - 4:15 pm

All these events are Free Hi Summer! With Mike Barfield 11am – 12noon and 2pm – 3pm A funny, family-friendly celebration of the sunniest season of the year with comic poet Mike Barfield. Expect everything from swallows to sunburn, picnics to pollen, and ice cream to insects. Includes lots of audience participation and ends with …[Read More]

Celebrity Babushka


  • Saturday, 6th July 2019
    11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Visit Ludmilla Nikolayevna Popova at Ledbury Market House from 11am. She is a famous Russian fortune-teller and wisdom-giver from Siberia. She will imagine your future for you and offer you some poetic inspiration to ponder! Free …[Read More]

04. German Translation Duel


  • Saturday, 6th July 2019
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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 …[Read More]

20 Minutes with… Maja Lee Langvad


  • Saturday, 6th July 2019
    12:20 pm - 12:40 pm

Maja Lee Langvad was born 1980 in Seoul, South Korea, and grew up in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her prize-winning debut deals with adoption, nationalism, racism. Free Supported by Herefordshire Libraries …[Read More]

05. Andrew Motion and Hannah Sullivan, readings and conversation


  • Saturday, 6th July 2019
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

For this fascinating event one of Britain’s most revered and celebrated poets, Andrew Motion and dazzling newcomer Hannah Sullivan will read their poems and interview each other about their work. They share similarities – particularly the long-form approach and the autobiographical qualities of their poetry. Andrew Motion was Poet Laureate from 1999 – 2009 and …[Read More]

06. On Reading and Writing ‘Difficult’ Poems. Workshop with Sandeep Parmar, Festival Poet in Residence


  • Saturday, 6th July 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Difficulty in poetry is sometimes construed as an unwillingness to communicate. We often read ‘accessible’ poems as as open, generous and direct in their dialogue with readers. However, might ‘difficult’ poems offer us a chance to have more complex, meaningful conversations with readers and ourselves as writers? What specifically constitutes difficulty? (formal, linguistic, intertextual, political)?. …[Read More]

20 Minutes With…Josep Pedrals


  • Saturday, 6th July 2019
    2:20 pm - 2:40 pm

Catalan poet, born in Barcelona, Josep Pedrals ‘brings poetry to stages’. Osaka International Slam winner, he has performed throughout Europe, Asia and America. Free Supported by Herefordshire Libraries …[Read More]

07. Reprieve readings and event hosted by Clive Stafford Smith


  • Saturday, 6th July 2019
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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 will introduce this event and give a personal …[Read More]

20 Minutes with… Indre Valantinaite


  • Saturday, 6th July 2019
    4:20 pm - 4:40 pm

Prize-winning Lithuanian poet Indrè Valantinaitè’s two books are Of Fish and Lilies and Tales about Love and Other Animals. She is a singer and an accomplished performer of her work. Free Supported by Herefordshire Libraries …[Read More]

08. I am a Rohingya – discussion and reading


  • Saturday, 6th July 2019
    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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 …[Read More]

20 Minutes with… Augusta Laar


  • Saturday, 6th July 2019
    6:20 pm - 6:40 pm

Experimental and restless, Augusta Laar lives in Vienna and Munich. She presents her work in exhibitions across Europe. Books include 99 love poems. Free   Supported by Herefordshire Libraries …[Read More]

09. Paradise Rocks: It’s Elvis Meets Milton in a Hawaiian Paradise of Song


  • Saturday, 6th July 2019
    7:00 pm - 8:45 pm

Succumb to sweet temptation in this new musical that adapts John Milton’s 17th century epic account of man’s first disobedience into a Hawaiian Elvis movie from 1960. Meet Adam, heir to the Club Eden Holiday Camp empire; Eve – his blushing fiancée – struggling to resist the unruly passions beneath her wholesome exterior; and meet …[Read More]

10. Poetry Breakfast: Welcome to the Hills


  • Sunday, 7th July 2019
    9:30 am - 10:30 am

hosted by Troubadour of the Hills Jean Atkin Troubadour of the Hills, Jean Atkin, launches this celebration of poems about hills, with her commissioned poem One uncertain history of the Malverns. Come and hear a ‘small mountain’ of these poems, read by their contributors to the Festival’s online call-out for poems, and enjoy a delicious al-fresco …[Read More]

11. Dramatic Monologue Workshop with Clare Pollard


  • Sunday, 7th July 2019
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm

From Ovid to Ai, poets throughout history have used the dramatic monologue to explore empathy and otherness. It is often a radical form, playing with gender roles; questioning our norms and assumptions; asking what it is to be human (or not). In this workshop we will experiment with idiolect, dramatic conflict and performance to write new …[Read More]

12. Fiona Sampson and Phoebe Power


  • Sunday, 7th July 2019
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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 was a …[Read More]

20 Minutes With… Hannah Swingler


  • Sunday, 7th July 2019
    12:20 pm - 12:40 pm

The new face of Nationwide, Luke Kennard observed, “her work finds the beautiful and the lyrical in the everyday with the wisest, self-deprecating heart and intuitive wit and humanity.” Free Supported by Herefordshire Libraries …[Read More]

13. Yu Yoyo and A.K. Blakemore


  • Sunday, 7th July 2019
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Celebrated Szechuanese poet Yu Yoyo reads from her new book, My Tenantless Body, published by the Poetry Translation Centre, alongside her poet translator A.K. Blakemore. The poems in this sensitive yet forceful selection lead us through the haunted nightscapes of China with suitably dark wit, colliding the oblique with the plain-spoken, their young protagonist forever veering …[Read More]

14. Writers Walking: Workshop with Phoebe Power


  • Sunday, 7th July 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Inspired by writer-walkers, hikers and pilgrims and by forms such as the haibun, this workshop will explore the connection between poetry and wandering. Take a nearby walk and discover paths, shrines and landmarks in order to create and share new work. Open to all. Meet in The Walled Garden. …[Read More]

20 Minutes with… Casey Bailey


  • Sunday, 7th July 2019
    2:20 pm - 2:40 pm

Born and raised in Nechells, Birmingham, Casey Bailey provides social commentary and analysis through his poetry, lyrics and articles. ‘Adjusted is a brave, full-bodied, sweet textured first collection’ – Roy McFarlane Free Supported by Herefordshire Libraries …[Read More]

20 Minutes with… Nafeesa Hamid


  • Sunday, 7th July 2019
    4:20 pm - 4:40 pm

Nafeesa Hamid is a British Pakistani poet and playwright based in Birmingham. Poems in Besharam cover taboo themes such as sex, domestic violence and mental health. Free Supported by Herefordshire Libraries …[Read More]

20 Minutes with… Ben Norris


  • Sunday, 7th July 2019
    6:20 pm - 6:40 pm

Ben Norris is the voice of Ben Archer in The Archers. He is two-time national poetry slam champion and some ending is published by Verve Poetry Press. Free Supported by Herefordshire Libraries …[Read More]

17. Ledbury Choral Society presents Poetry in Song


  • Sunday, 7th July 2019
    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

This concert by Ledbury Choral Society journeys through time, starting with Tudor songs and madrigals, including settings by Shakespeare and Henry VIII.  Featured poets and composers include W H Auden, Robert Bridges and Walter de la Mare and the twentieth century’s best loved English composers such as Vaughan Williams, Elgar, Britten and Finzi.  Interspersed throughout …[Read More]

19. One to Ones with Nigel McLoughlin


  • Slot 1 - 10.00am
    Monday, 8th July 2019
    10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • Slot 2 - 10.30am
    Monday, 8th July 2019
    10:30 am - 11:00 am
  • Slot 3 - 11.00am
    Monday, 8th July 2019
    11:00 am - 11:30 am
  • Slot 4 - 11.30am
    Monday, 8th July 2019
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • Slot 5 - 12.00 noon
    Monday, 8th July 2019
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Develop your writing through an individual half-hour session with prize-winning Irish poet Nigel McLoughlin. With five collections of poetry including most recently Chora, and significant experience as a university teacher, editor of books including The Portable Poetry Workshop. Meet at the Box Office Supported by Herefordshire Libraries …[Read More]

18. Community Showcase


  • Monday, 8th July 2019
    10:00 am - 11:30 am

Join some of the participants in the Festival’s vibrant Community Programme who take part in Festival poetry workshops across the county. The workshops are held in both closed and open settings, are inclusive and supportive, and are all free to attend. Here is an opportunity to showcase the beautiful poetry that has been written within …[Read More]

24. Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Place: A day conference


  • Monday, 8th July 2019
    10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Between 1809 and 1832 the woman who would become one of the nineteenth century’s most famous poets, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, grew up and established her career near Ledbury. In this day conference, part of the Ledbury Poetry Festival, a number of experts on Barrett Browning will examine the wider idea of place in the poet’s …[Read More]

22. Paradise Lost, Part 1


  • Monday, 8th July 2019
    12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

£9 per event / £16 when booking Parts 1 and 2 together (lunch optional, pre-order on arrival) Enjoy enhanced comfort and lunch over the course of two days with the Length Matters team: Sara-Jane Arbury, John Burns and Martyn Moxley, as they breathe life into John Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost. With guitar accompaniment from …[Read More]

Malvern Writers’ Circle


  • Monday, 8th July 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join Myfanwy Fox, Peter Sutton and members of Malvern Writer’s Circle for an afternoon of Poetry. Trumpet Corner Tearooms Gardens & Gallery, Near Ledbury HR8 2RA Free ‘Open Mic’ entry contact : Secretary 01684 566599 …[Read More]

20. Sound, Image, Line – Building Better Poems, Workshop with Nigel McLoughlin


  • Monday, 8th July 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This workshop hosted by Nigel McLoughlin, is designed for those who are working towards publication of a first collection of work. Taking the presented poems as a starting point, the workshop will provide detailed and structured feedback and advice on how to improve your writing with particular focus on crafting more vivid imagery, making better …[Read More]

21. Film: All Is True


  • Monday, 8th July 2019
    8:00 pm - 9:45 pm

101 Minutes / PG – 13 / UK Director: Kenneth Branagh Screenplay: Ben Elton Cast: Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Kenneth Branagh After the Globe Theatre is destroyed by fire in 1613, Shakespeare returns to Stratford and his family. In this bittersweet drama about the Bard’s last years. lead player and director Branagh has given us …[Read More]

25. Reading Ivor Gurney


  • Tuesday, 9th July 2019
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Close reading of a poem by Ivor Gurney, First World War poet, with particular attention to poetic style and how it affects the way we interpret the poem. Led by Jean Boase-Beier. …[Read More]

23. Paradise Lost – Part 2


  • Tuesday, 9th July 2019
    12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

£9 per event / £16 when booking Parts 1 and 2 together (lunch optional, pre-order on arrival) Continue to enjoy poetic paradise and lunch as Sara-Jane Arbury, John Burns and Martyn Moxley conclude John Milton’s evocative poem Paradise Lost, with complementary music by Ken Appleby.

26. Workshop on translating with Jean Boase-Beier


  • Tuesday, 9th July 2019
    1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Group translation of a poem from German (with gloss provided, so no knowledge of German required), by Paul Celan. The workshop will begin with some background on the poet and context for the work, followed by the translation. At the end, existing translations are provided so participants can see differences between our joint translation and …[Read More]

27. Poetry of the Holocaust


  • Tuesday, 9th July 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Jean Boase-Beier, and co-editor, Marian de Vooght, present this powerful, unique collection of poems written not only by members of Jewish communities (representing the largest group persecuted by the Nazis), but also poems by people who were targeted on other grounds. Some belonged to political or religious groups who openly opposed the Third Reich, or …[Read More]

Homend Poets


  • Tuesday, 9th July 2019
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Local poets read their own work at this informal music and poetry event. Bring along your own poetry or simply relax and enjoy listening. Free Supported by ice bytes cafe, Ledbury   …[Read More]

28. Eleanor Bron: STUFF


  • Tuesday, 9th July 2019
    8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Eleanor Bron reads her work-in-progress. A woman of advanced years finds herself contemplating the accumulations of a lifetime: How did she do? Did she do well? Will she proceed to Heaven or to Hell? Eleanor Bron’s career started in satirical cabaret in the 1960’s and continued in Theatre, TV and Radio. Among her films are …[Read More]

29. Immersion Day – The Life and Poetry of Bertolt Brecht


  • Wednesday, 10th July 2019
    11:00 am - 4:00 pm

11am onwards–arrive and coffee Session 1, 11.30am–12.30pm Tom Kuhn and David Constantine in discussion on how they got to translate Brecht’s poems, why Brecht the poet matters to us in our times now and what the pleasures and difficulties of translating him are. This session will include some brief survey of Brecht’s life and times …[Read More]

22. Paradise Lost Part 1


  • Wednesday, 10th July 2019
    12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

£9 per event / £16 when booking Parts 1 and 2 together (lunch optional, pre-order on arrival) Enjoy enhanced comfort and lunch over the course of two days with the Length Matters team: Sara-Jane Arbury, John Burns and Martyn Moxley, as they breathe life into John Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost. With guitar accompaniment from …[Read More]

30. Get Ready for Unleashed Young Voices


  • Wednesday, 10th July 2019
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

An incredible opportunity to hear and witness a selection of young people’s poetry written in supported workshops with practitioner Toni Cook as part of the Festival’s Community Programme. Feedback from last year: “This is important poetry from people who might not ordinarily be showcased”. Expect raw, direct and beautifully crafted language conveying life as it …[Read More]

31. National Poetry Competition Reading


  • Wednesday, 10th July 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The most recent National Poetry Competition saw 10 prize winners chosen, from over 14,000 poems, by the judges. This is your chance to hear readings from three of those fantastic winning and commended poets at Ledbury Poetry Festival: Commended poet Ella Frears, whose pamphlet Passivity, Electricity, Acclivity was published in 2018 by Goldsmiths Press; second …[Read More]

32. Brecht the poet now performance


  • Wednesday, 10th July 2019
    8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Narrated by Tom Kuhn and David Constantine and illustrated with his poems and songs, performed by singer Sarah Gabriel and pianist Joseph Atkins Celebrating Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) as a poet whose work, rooted in his own day and age, still (like all great poetry) speaks to us in our own circumstances now. Brecht was a …[Read More]

34. One to ones with David Constantine


  • Slot 1 10.00am
    Thursday, 11th July 2019
    10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • Slot 2 10.30am
    Thursday, 11th July 2019
    10:30 am - 11:00 am
  • Slot 3 11.00am
    Thursday, 11th July 2019
    11:00 am - 11:30 am
  • Slot 4 11.30am
    Thursday, 11th July 2019
    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • Slot 5 2.00pm
    Thursday, 11th July 2019
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  • Slot 6 2.30pm
    Thursday, 11th July 2019
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Slot 7 3.00pm
    Thursday, 11th July 2019
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Slot 8 3.30pm
    Thursday, 11th July 2019
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

David Constantine has published a dozen volumes of poetry, with Helen Constantine he edited Modern Poetry in Translation, 2003-12 and he was a university teacher for thirty years. This extensive experience enables him to offer useful feedback and encouragement. Supported by Herefordshire Libraries …[Read More]

33. Documentary Poetry, Workshop with Sandeep Parmar


  • Thursday, 11th July 2019
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This workshop will engage with poetry that is shaped by the documenting of historical events and their sources. We will read poems by Juliana Spahr, Jay Bernard, Layli Long Solider, Solmaz Sharif, M. NourbeSe Philip and Muriel Rukeyser, among others, to develop our own sense of relation to the sanctioning of official narratives and their interpretations via documents such …[Read More]

35. Under A Cold Sky: The poetry of Wilfrid Gibson, Ivor Gurney and Jean Atkin.


  • Thursday, 11th July 2019
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Gibson’s tram passengers will be coming to town: the sallow faced clerks, genteel in black…and his tale of Anthony Earnshaw asleep in drifting snow. While Gurney shivers in Flanders and sees Cotswold spinnies and mist on meadows. Along the way, if we are lucky, Jean Atkin may introduce us to her Crofter’s recipe – Bessiewalla …[Read More]

23. Paradise Lost, Part 2


  • Thursday, 11th July 2019
    12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

£9 per event / £16 when booking Parts 1 and 2 together (lunch optional, pre-order on arrival) Continue to enjoy poetic paradise and lunch as Sara-Jane Arbury, John Burns and Martyn Moxley conclude John Milton’s evocative poem Paradise Lost, with complementary music by Ken Appleby.

36. William Wootten on Philip Larkin


  • Thursday, 11th July 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Dr. William Wootten is a Lecturer in English Literature (Poetry & Creative Writing) at the University of Bristol. This event will offer a close-reading opportunity to explore and discuss Philip Larkin’s work. …[Read More]

37. Talk on The Alvarez Generation with William Wootten


  • Thursday, 11th July 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

William Wootten is a literary journalist, writing for the London Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement and the Guardian. He is Lecturer in English Literature (Poetry & Creative Writing) at the University of Bristol William Wootten’s acclaimed book The Alvarez Generation focuses on poets who would, in the words of the introduction to A. …[Read More]

38. Desert Island Poems with Alexei Sayle


  • Thursday, 11th July 2019
    8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Comedian, actor, presenter and writer, Alexei Sayle shares his favourite poems with Jonathan Davidson. Alexei Sayle’s television work as a writer and performer includes The Young Ones, Alexei Sayle’s Stuff, and The All New Alexei Sayle Show. His books include Thatcher Stole My Trousers and Mister Roberts. …[Read More]

39. The Making of: Hush Now


  • Friday, 12th July 2019
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Earlier this year, Feral Productions and The Courtyard presented Hush Now, an arts and heritage collaboration inspired by the Magdalene Homes and maternity institutions of Herefordshire’s past. Written in a series of nine poems by Sara-Jane Arbury and transformed into songs by composer, Olivia Preye, the production gave voice and visibility to the resilience of …[Read More]

Ledbury Poetree with Ledbury Primary School


  • Friday, 12th July 2019
    1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

The walk will start and finish at The Market House Come on a walk with pupils from Ledbury Primary School and hear them perform their poetry at sites of special trees in the town! The children worked with poet Sara-Jane Arbury to create poems and films inspired by selected trees around Ledbury, and explored ways …[Read More]

41. Writing Your Fire: A Workshop in Ferocious Truth with Shivanee Ramlochan


  • Friday, 12th July 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

In poems, as in everyday life, we often stifle the things we need to say most. This workshop seeks to remove the muzzles that society – and we ourselves – place on our poems, through reading and analysing the work of Caribbean women poets, plus innovative exercises to generate new writing. Suitable for all expertise …[Read More]

42. UA Fanthorpe event with RV Bailey and Alison Brackenbury


  • Friday, 12th July 2019
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Alison Brackenbury and R V Bailey introduce Beginner’s Luck, a collection of previously unpublished poems by the late great U A Fanthorpe, who died ten years ago, and whose ninetieth birthday would have been this July. Witty, erudite, humane, Fanthorpe’s poetry – as the celebrated Gillian Clarke put it – ‘changed the way we see, …[Read More]

43. Festival Showcase: John Masefield High School Students, Foyle Young Poets


  • Friday, 12th July 2019
    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

This event showcases poets at all stages of their development: John Masefield High School Students have worked with the school’s poet in residence Kurly to create their poems. The Foyle Young Poets Award for poets aged 11 – 17 is one of the largest and most prestigious literary prizes and past winners include Mukahang Limbu, …[Read More]

44. Carol Ann Duffy and Friends


  • Friday, 12th July 2019
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Carol Ann Duffy’s Sincerity is a fitting culmination to her time as a Poet Laureate (2009 – 2019). This collection, at once intimate and public, is a work of great power from one of our most cherished and humane poets. Come and hear Carol Ann Duffy read poems old and new, alongside ‘Laureate’s Choice’ poet, Keith …[Read More]

45. Brian Bilston and Nikita Gill


  • Friday, 12th July 2019
    8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Brian Bilston has been described as the Banksy of poetry and Twitter’s unofficial Poet Laureate. Diary of a Somebody shows that ‘The English comic novel is alive and well… And it comes, of course, with the added bonus of Bilston’s poetry, sparkling here with its habitual wit, intelligence and humanity.’ – Jonathan Coe. Nikita Gill …[Read More]

46. On reviewing poetry: Workshop with Sandeep Parmar, Festival Poet in Residence


  • Saturday, 13th July 2019
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm

By looking at examples of recent poetry reviews and sharing thoughts on how (and why) we read poetry, this workshop will explore what constitutes a well-written review. We will also consider what the role of poetry criticism is in our enjoyment and understanding of poetry and develop a sense of how to read poetry critically in a non-academic context. Participants are encouraged …[Read More]

47. World Poets Series: Laura Wittner, with Pedro Serrano


  • Saturday, 13th July 2019
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Mexican poet Pedro Serrano has published five collections of poetry. He has been published in the UK as part of Arc’s celebrated Visible Poets series, in a collection called Peatlands. Wide ranging and passionate poems that are linguistically thrilling; they explore the world of snakes, swallows, valleys and skyscrapers, weariness and love. Laura Wittner was …[Read More]

20 Minutes with… Romalyn Ante


  • Saturday, 13th July 2019
    12:20 pm - 12:40 pm

Romalyn Ante grew up in the Philippines. She recently joint-won the Manchester Poetry Prize, and is a Nine Arches/Poetry School Primers: Volume Three poet. Free Supported by Herefordshire Libraries …[Read More]

48. Ledbury Poetry Competition Winners


  • Saturday, 13th July 2019
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Hosted by 2018 Competition judge Nia Davies, who will be joined by all three adult winners R.T.A. Parker, Pam Thompson and Robbie Burton, plus winners from the young people and children’s categories. One of the young people appearing is Georgie Woodhead, who won 2nd place in the young person’s category and who also happens to …[Read More]

20 Minutes with… Aviva Dautch


  • Saturday, 13th July 2019
    2:20 pm - 2:40 pm

Aviva Dautch teaches at the British Library and Bethlem Museum of the Mind (the original Bedlam). Her poems are published in magazines and she is a Primers Poet. Free Supported by Herefordshire Libraries …[Read More]

49. Ali Smith’s Poem selection


  • Saturday, 13th July 2019
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Hear one of Britain’s great writers, Ali Smith share her best-loved poems with Suzi Feay. Ali Smith is the author of many novels, including most recently Autumn, Winter and Spring in the acclaimed ‘Seasonal’ quartet. How to be both won the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, the Goldsmiths Prize and the Costa Novel of the …[Read More]

20 Minutes with… Ben Bransfield


  • Saturday, 13th July 2019
    4:20 pm - 4:40 pm

Ben Bransfield, is a Primers: Volume Two poet from Shropshire. He was named a Poetry Society Teacher Trailblazer. Free Supported by Herefordshire Libraries …[Read More]

50. Owen Sheers


  • Saturday, 13th July 2019
    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Owen Sheers is a novelist, poet and playwright, winner of the 2018 Wilfred Owen Poetry Award. His BAFTA nominated film-poem, The Green Hollow has recently been published by Faber, who also published his BBC film-poem to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS, To Provide All People and Unicorns, Almost about the life and poetry of WWII poet …[Read More]

51. Margaret Atwood Poetry Reading


  • Saturday, 13th July 2019
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Introduced by Ursula Owen Margaret Atwood was born in Ottawa in 1939. Canada’s most eminent novelist and poet, she is the author of more than thirty books of fiction, poetry and critical essays. The Handmaid’s Tale, Cat’s Eye and Alias Grace have all been shortlisted for the Booker Prize and she has won many literary prizes in other countries. Her …[Read More]

52. Ledbury Poetry Slam!


  • Saturday, 13th July 2019
    8:30 pm - 10:45 pm

Enjoy a head-spinning cocktail of potent poetry and spirited performances, topped off with a twist of wit and a tasty competitive edge! Bard-tenders Elvis McGonagall and Sara-Jane Arbury call the shots as a bevy of fine wordsmiths pour out vintage verse in a bid to gain prize points. Each poet is marked on three categories …[Read More]

53. Festival Bike Ride


  • Sunday, 14th July 2019
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm

10.00 am start | Meet under the Market House Join a leisurely 12 mile bike ride along quiet country lanes with pauses for poetry. Half-way refreshments at Dragon Orchard for a small donation. Return to Ledbury in time to buy your lunch at the Ledbury Celebration Day. Accompanied children welcome. Cycle hire next to the …[Read More]

55. ‘A little town of ancient grace’


  • Sunday, 14th July 2019
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm

‘A long street widened at a market place’ Visit the Master’s House in the company of the Friends of the Master’s House with a brief slide show to set the building in its historical context and show elements of the recent restoration, a short tour throughout the building, finishing in the room that houses the …[Read More]

54. A Walk with the Troubadour of the Hills


  • Sunday, 14th July 2019
    10:30 am - 1:00 pm

Jean Atkin, Troubadour of the Hills for Ledbury Poetry Festival, leads a walk along Herefordshire paths and woods and up to the summit of Pinnacle Hill, with its magnificent views along the Malverns. The walk will go at a gentle pace, with pauses to listen to poems about walking and landscape. This is a circular …[Read More]

A Ledbury Celebration! Food, drink, poetry, music and heritage!


  • Sunday, 14th July 2019
    11:00 am - 5:00 pm

St Katherine’s Car Park, Bye Street, HR 1EA Food and Drink Market 11 am – 5pm Poetry, music and entertainment 12 noon – late Ledbury Poetry Festival joins forces with the Ledbury Fringe, and Ledbury Food Group to bring you poetry, music, entertainment and the best local food and drink! This year’s event brings an …[Read More]

56. Thomas Dilworth on David Jones: Engraver, Soldier, Painter, Poet


  • Sunday, 14th July 2019
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm

The story of the eccentric and exceptionally talented David Jones, who couldn’t wait to go off to the trenches, makes for a fascinating biography and is the subject of this talk by Thomas Dilworth. ‘Those interested in Jones’s art…or in his singular poetry, will not be disappointed with the careful, delicate way Dilworth connects them …[Read More]

57. World Poetry Series: Shivanee Ramlochan and Enrique Winter


  • Sunday, 14th July 2019
    12:45 pm - 1:45 pm

Shivanee Ramlochan is a Trinidadian poet, critic, and book blogger. Her first book of poems, Everyone Knows I Am a Haunting (Peepal Tree Press, 2017) was was shortlisted for the Felix Dennis Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Prize-winning Chilean author Enrique Winter’s four collections of poetry include Rascacielos (Skyscrapers) and Lengua de señas (Sign Tongue). He is also a translator of Emily Dickinson, …[Read More]

58. Simon Armitage


  • Sunday, 14th July 2019
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Celebrated as ‘the most popular and prolific British poet of his generation’ (The Times) and recently awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, Simon Armitage’s latest collection Sandettie Light Vessel Automatic demonstrates his commitment to collaboration, his role as poet of public engagement and his belief in poetry as an act of communication. ‘Boundary-breaking . …[Read More]

20 Minutes with… John Lawrence


  • Sunday, 14th July 2019
    3:20 pm - 3:40 pm

His V Press debut collection The boy who couldn’t say his name is packed with heart, humour, and a unique slant on everyday life.  ‘A thoroughly enjoyable debut collection’ – The Poetry Book Society Free Supported by Herefordshire Libraries …[Read More]

59. Ishion Hutchinson and Jay Bernard: Poetry Reading and conversation


  • Sunday, 14th July 2019
    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

hosted by Sandeep Parmar ‘Exquisite’ (New Yorker), ‘breathtaking’ (Los Angeles Times), ‘baroque and moon-lit’ (Boston Globe) – House of Lords and Commons enthralled readers in the Americas, winning the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry and being widely applauded in ‘books of the year’. Ishion Hutchinson was born in Port Antonio, Jamaica. He makes a rare …[Read More]

20 Minutes with… Brenda Read-Brown


  • Sunday, 14th July 2019
    5:20 pm - 5:40 pm

A look at the sharper edges of life, love and laughter, performance poet Brenda Read-Brown has turned to the page with her new collection, Like love (V Press). Free Supported by Herefordshire Libraries …[Read More]

60. Margaret Atwood’s Favourite Poems


  • Sunday, 14th July 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Margaret Atwood shares her favourite poems with Ursula Owen, Founding Director of Virago Press. Atwood, who has published with Virago since 1979, is the author of more than fifty books of fiction, poetry and critical essays. Her recent novels are The Heart Goes Last and the MaddAddam trilogy – the Giller and Booker Prize-shortlisted Oryx …[Read More]