Ledbury marks 25 years with the first ever hybrid Poetry Festival!

40+ events, 80+ poets and performers – online, in person and live-streamed! Plus ticket-buyers can access a recording of their event for two weeks after the Festival ends.

25 years of adventures in poetry! Even though the last year has been challenging, the future beckons, as we present the first ever hybrid Ledbury Poetry Festival with online, in person and live-streamed events. Always international, always eclectic, stimulating and guaranteed to entertain.

So please do support the Festival by joining us for as many events as you can. (I can’t emphasise how much we’d appreciate that right now). And do spread the word, so that we can make this July gathering, whether online or face to face, as splendid as possible!

Chloe Garner, Artistic Director

Sally Crabtree, Margaret Atwood, Stephanie Sy-Quia, Valzhyna Mort, Victoria Chang, Neil Astley, Jorie Graham, Sarah Howe, Rhys Trimble, Joe Kerr, Eleni Cay, Volha Hapeyeva, Danae Sioziou, Annie Rutherford, Liz Berry, Anthony Anaxagorou, Andrew McMillan, Jennifer Lee Tsai, Carolyn Forché, Malika Booker, Kwame Dawes, John Kinsella, Jeremy Poynting, John Challis, Nikita Gill, Zoë Brigley, Seán Hewitt, Chen Chen, Luke Kennard, Fred D’Aguiar, André Naffis-Sahely, Jackie Kay, Martina Evans, William Wootten, Billy Collins, Jonathan Edwards, Phoebe Stuckes, Kim Addonizio, Judith Palmer, Sara-Jane Arbury, Batsirai E Chigama, Tinashe Tafirenyika, Peggie Shangwa, Ruth Stacey, Gillian Clarke, Matthew Francis, Clare Pollard, Jeannette Clariond, Samantha Schnee, Natalia Toledo, Clare Sullivan, Rosalind Hudis, Angela France, Penelope Shuttle, Nick Flynn, Eileen Myles, Pamela Robertson-Pearce, Kristian Evans, Isabel Galleymore, Susannah Hart, Cheryl Moskowitz, Isabelle Baafi, Beth Calverley, Jean Atkin, Julia Copus, Elvis McGonagall, Matt Black, Jamie Thrasivoulou, Jonathan Davidson, Bohdan Piasecki, Rhian Edwards, Robert Selby, James Lever, Juliet Stevenson

Updated Programme as a pdf

Covid-19 Safety Measures for In-Person Events:

All precautions will be taken to ensure the safety of Festival audiences, performers, staff and volunteers during the Festival.
Hand sanitising stations will be at all venues, with an additional cleaning programme to clean all touch points.
We ask that you sign in via the venue’s NHS QR code, or manually on a sign-up sheet.
Events have been scheduled to take place outdoors wherever possible in socially distanced seating
Indoor events will be well ventilated and will have less than 50% capacity for venue size.
Please follow government guidelines on face coverings
Workshop attendees please bring all your own writing equipment and implements
No paper tickets will be issued. There is no need to print booking confirmations/ e-tickets; details can be seen on mobile devices.

Some of our Sponsors

The Pennington-Mellor-Munthe
Charity Trust

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