Elizabeth Parker – Poetry Salon 11th Feb 2020

Elizabeth Parker grew up in a garden nursery in The Forest of Dean and now lives in Bristol. Her poetry has been published in various journals including Magma, The Stony Thursday Book, The Interpreter’s House and Agenda. Among others, she has been shortlisted for The Bridport Poetry Prize and The Gregory O’Donoghue Poetry Prize. She was a prizewinner in the 2016…

Jonathan Edwards – Poetry Salon 10th Dec 2019

Gen Winner of the People’s Choice Award, Wales Book of the Year 2019, Gen contains humour, warmth and is a worthy follow-up to Ledbury Poetry Competition winner, Jonathan Edwards’ popular and critically-lauded debut. Gen is a book of lions and rock stars, street parties and servants, postmen and voices. In the opening sequence’s exploration of…

Home on the Move – Poetry Salon 4 October 2019

Launch of the new anthology, Home on the Move: Two Poems go on a Journey. Featuring Jim Dening, Margaret Adkins, Jacqui Rowe, Home on the Move explores notions of ‘home’ that are challenged and reshaped by unprecedented migration. The anthology interrogates ideas of home, belonging and language from poetic perspectives. The creative responses are the…

David Morley – Poetry Salon 19th March 2019

David Morley won the Ted Hughes Award for New Poetry for The Invisible Gift: Selected Poems and a Cholmondeley Award for his contribution to poetry. His Carcanet collections include The Magic of What’s There, The Gypsy and the Poet, Enchantment and The Invisible Kings. In 2018 he was elected a Fellow of The Royal Society…

Nigel McLoughin – Poetry Salon, 12 February 2019

Nigel McLoughlin is a prize-winning Northern Irish poet with five collections of poetry in print including most recently Chora, and significant experience as an editor of anthologies and literary journals and books including The Portable Poetry Workshop. His work was selected for inclusion on The Poetry Archive and was elected a Fellow of the RSA…

Jean Boase-Beier – Poetry Salon, 27 November 2018

Jean Boase-Beier is a translator of German poetry including collections by modern German poets Ernst Meister, Rose Ausländer, and Volker von Törne. She is Professor Emerita of Literature and Translation at the University of East Anglia, where she founded the MA in Literary Translation. Recent publications include Translating the Poetry of the Holocaust and The…

Angela France – Poetry Salon 23rd October 2018

Angela France’s publications include Occupation, Lessons in Mallemaroking, Hide and The Hill of which Sheenagh Pugh said “Exuberant, controlled, angry, elegiac, this is a poetry of landscape, politics, witness”. Angela teaches creative writing at the University of Gloucestershire and in various community settings. She runs a reading series in Cheltenham, ‘Buzzwords’.  

Jacqui Rowe – Poetry Salon 6th June 2018

Jacqui Rowe has had four poetry pamphlets published and her poems have appeared widely in magazines, such as Tears in the Fence, Bare Fiction. The Interpreter’s House, and Poetry Review. She has also read her own poems on Radio 4’s Poetry Please. hosted by Roger McGough. Her first full collection, Blink, is published by V…

Roy McFarlane

Roy McFarlane – Poetry Salon 8th May 2018

Roy McFarlane was born in Birmingham of Jamaican parentage and spent most of his years living in Wolverhampton. He has held the role of Birmingham’s Poet Laureate, Starbucks and Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Poet in Residence. Roy was highly commended by the Forward Prize for ‘Papers’, published in the Forward Book of Poetry 2017. Other anthologies,…

Roz Goddard – Poetry Salon 6th March 2018

In the Panelled Room of The Masters House, 7pm – 9pm Tuesday 6th March, 2018. Chloe Garner in conversation with Roz Goddard, who read from a new pamphlet Spill published by Flarestack Press. Previously she published The Sopranos Sonnets and Other Poems with Nine Arches Press. Roz Goddard has worked for many years as a…

Adam Horovitz – Poetry Salon 6th February 2018

Tuesday 6th Feb 2018.  7pm – 9pm The Panelled Room in The Master’s House Chloe Garner in conversation with Adam Horovitz. A number of people joined us to hear poems from The Soil Never Sleeps, a new poetry collection from Adam Horovitz. As poet in residence for the Pasture-fed Livestock Association, Adam was commissioned to visit four…

Jeff Phelps – Poetry Salon 5th December 2017

Jeff Phelps’s poems have appeared in Stand, The Rialto, London Magazine, The Interpreter’s House and elsewhere. In 2001 he was second prize winner in the Stand open poetry competition with the narrative poem River Passage. It was later produced as a CD by Offa’s Press with piano music by Dan Phelps. He co-edited The Poetry of Shropshire, with Simon Fletcher. In…

Anneliese Emmans Dean and Sara Hirsch – Poetry Salon 7th November 2017

Anneliese Emmans Dean and Sara Hirsch are two poets who are renowned for their work in performance and schools – and who also write wonderful poems across a range of themes, including birds and wildlife, love and relationships. The conversation focuses on writing for children, taking poetry into schools and getting children enthusiastic about writing…

Claire Crowther – Poetry Salon 17 October 2017

Poet Claire Crowther  in conversation with Chloe Garner in The Panelled Room of the Master’s House in Ledbury. Claire Crowther is a widely published poet whose first collection, Stretch of Closures, was shortlisted for the Aldeburgh prize. Her poems and reviews have appeared in PN Review, Poetry Wales, Poetry Review, TLS, London Review of Books,…

Gregory Leadbetter

Gregory Leadbetter – Poetry Salon 16th May 2017

Poet Gregory Leadbetter in conversation with Chloe Garner in front of an audience in The Haywain at Hellens Manor, Much Marcle. The Fetch is Gregory Leadbetter’s first collection published by Nine Arches. He is currently Director of the MA in Creative Writing and the Institute of Creative and Critical Writing at Birmingham City University. “The…

Rhiannon Hooson – Poetry Salon 6th April 2017

Poet Rhiannon Hooson in conversation with Chloe Garner in front of an audience in The Panelled Room of The Master’s House in Ledbury Rhiannon Hooson’s debut collection is The Other City, published by Seren. She was born in Mid Wales and now lives in the Welsh marches after time spent living in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. “This…

Pia Tafdrup – Poetry Salon 16 February 2017

Pia Tafdrup in conversation with Chloe Garner in front of an audience in The Panelled Room in The Master’s House, Ledbury and reads poems in English and Danish. Pia Tafdrup is one of Denmark’s leading poets and has received the Nordic Literature Prize – Scandinavia’s most prestigious literary award. She has published three collections with Bloodaxe…

Philip Gross – Poetry Salon Tuesday 8 November 2016

Philip Gross is a poet, and a keen collaborator across artforms. The Water Table won the T.S.Eliot Prize 2009, and Love Songs of Carbon the Roland Mathias Award (Wales Book of The Year) 2016. His latest collaborative publication, with artist Valerie Coffin Price, is A Fold In The River (Seren, 2015). His libretto for The…

Deborah Alma – Poetry Salon 11th October 2016

Deborah Alma has an MA in Creative Writing, taught Writing Poetry at Worcester University and is Honorary Research Fellow at Keele University. Deborah is also Emergency Poet in her vintage ambulance and is editor of Emergency Poet-an anti-stress poetry anthology , The Everyday Poet- Poems to live by (both published by Michael O’Mara), and her…

Yvonne Green – Poetry Salon 10 May 2016

Yvonne Green was the featured poet at the Poetry Salon on Tuesday 10 May 2016 in the Panelled Room in The Master’s House in Ledbury. Her new collection Honoured (Smith/Doorstop 2016) was Poetry Book Society Recommended.   Her first pamphlet, Boukhara, was published in 2007 and won The Poetry Business 2007 Book & Pamphlet Competition. Her first full-length…

Poetry Salon with David Clarke 12 April 2016

David Clarke lives in Gloucestershire and works as a teacher and researcher. His poems have appeared in magazines including Magma, Tears in the Fence, Iota, Anon, Under the Radar and New Walk. His pamphlet, Gaud, was published by Flarestack Poets in 2012 and won the Michael Marks Pamphlet Prize.

Poetry Salon with Myra Connell – Tuesday 8 March 2016

Held in The Panelled Room of The Master’s House, Ledbury Myra Connell writes: For me writing is a kind of meditation. My poems come from listening, paying attention: ‘standing somehow in the way of it’. They come from discovering what is there, rather than intending to write ‘about’ something. I like to write whatever is in…

Poetry Salon 9th Feb 2016 – Maitreyabandhu

Poetry Salon, Tuesday 9 February featuring Maitreyabandhu and our friendly and supportive open mic session! 7pm – 9pm, Ledbury Master’s House in the Panelled Room. Just come along! £5 including a glass of Poetry Gold cider.   Maitreyabandhu lives and works at the London Buddhist Centre, teaching Buddhism and meditation and also teaches at Adhisthana…

Damian Walford Davies

The final Poetry Salon for 2015,  featuring Damian Walford Davies reading his poems and in conversation with Ledbury Poetry Festival Artistic Director Chloe Garner in The Panelled Room in The Master’s House. Damian Walford Davies’s latest collections are Judas (Seren, 2015), Alabaster Girls (Rack Press, 2015), Witch (Seren, 2012), Suit of Lights (Seren, 2009) and the…

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