Young Poet in Residence Eloise Unerman

Hear Ledbury, a poem by Eloise Unerman, Ledbury Poetry Festival Young Poet in Residence      



As winner of the Young Person’s category of the Ledbury Poetry Festival Poetry Competition , Eloise was asked to be the Festival’s Young Person in Residence.

Phillippa Slinger, Festival Manager says:

I can’t tell you how lovely it was to have Eloise here. She read beautifully at the Launch event featuring Young Foyles and all visiting poets including international stars Jackie Kay and Major Jackson. Eloise joined in many other events, and even came to the poets’ supper and got to mingle with loads of national and international poets. It is so much the aim of the young poet in residence scheme to allow young poets to develop in whatever way they can, and she really made the most of all her opportunities here.

Eloise says:

I had a wonderful weekend at the festival and I just wanted to thank you again for the opportunity!

While reading at the Competition Winners Event (no 9) Eloise was also asked to talk about the inspirations on her as a poet, and she was commissioned to write a poem about Ledbury

What she wrote blew us away. Hear Eloise perform her poem “Ledbury”, specially written for Ledbury Poetry Festival

Read Eloise’s poem here

We are immensely grateful to Eloise for spending her time so fruitfully here

The Young Poet in Residence scheme is supported by Foyles as part of the Festival’s Emerging Poets Programme which includes: Ledbury Emerging Critics (link), Voice Coaching residential workshop, 20 mins events and competition winners’ events

Eloise is a mentee of the Hive South Yorkshire Scheme


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