Early Birds can book now for two very special Festival events!
Booking is now open for a very special Festival programme launch event with Michael Longley and the Festival finale with John Cooper Clarke.
The Belfast poet, Michael Longley will read with Frank Ormsby on Tuesday 26 May at 7.30pm in the Community Hall, Ledbury.
Tickets are £8.
Michael Longley is a towering figure in Irish poetry and one of the world’s greats. He has won the top literary prizes, including the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, the Wilfred Owen Medal, the Whitbread Prize, and the TS Eliot Prize. The 75-year-old received a CBE from the Queen in 2010. His most recent collection is The Stairwell. Frank Ormsby launches Goat’s Milk, a comprehensive retrospective of his work. Introducing the book, Michael Longley describes him as a central figure in the poetry of Northern Ireland for the past forty years.
John Cooper Clarke will perform on Sunday 12 July at 7.30pm in the Community Hall, Ledbury.
Tickets are £19.50.
This is the first time that John Cooper Clarke has performed at Ledbury since he headlined the first Festival 18 years ago. Now Britain’s best loved and most important performance poet, John Cooper Clarke is as vital now as he was in the 70s. He delivers acerbic, satirical, political and very funny verse in a unique rapid-fire performance style. His influence can to be heard for example in the satirical and keen social observations of the Arctic Monkeys. Alex Turner cites him as a huge inspiration. His show takes in his best loved work alongside brand new material.
It is also possible to book tickets by telephone on 0845 458 1743.
2015 Festival Preview
John Burnside is our Festival poet in residence and he will offer workshops, give a reading and also talk about his ‘desert island poems’. The Festival will also feature Simon Armitage, Pam Ayres, Sophie Hannah, Jane Yeh, Denise Riley, Imtiaz Dharker, Nic Aubury, Don Paterson, Steve Ely, Eleanor Rees, Matthew Clegg, Chris Jones and Paul Henry. Rowan Williams will appear in conversation with Marina Warner on Poetry and Belief. James Booth will talk about Philip Larkin. As always we will host the brilliant Foyle Young Poets and Eric Gregory Award Winners, plus winners of the National Poetry Competition. We are excited to welcome our own Ledbury Poetry Competition winner and recent Costa Prize winner, Jonathan Edwards, in an event hosted by Ian McMillan. Juliet Stevenson will read Emily Dickinson poems, with Mark Fisher giving the context. There is much more planned and in the pipeline.
Next Year’s Festival Dates are 3 – 12 July 2015.
The box office opens for Friends on 14th May and for everyone else on 16th May. The phone number is 0845 4581743. If interested in becoming a Friend please contact Sandra our Finance Manager on the above number or email firstname.lastname@example.org – we will not be taking bookings for Pam Ayres (attending the Festival on 5th July) until the 14th May.
Ledbury Poetry Festival Poetry Competition Results 2014
The results are in at last and I am delighted to announce that the winner of our poetry competition for 2014 is Jonathan Edwards with his poem ‘Servant Minding A Seat for his Master Before a Performance of The Rivals Covent Garden Theatre, 1775.’ Second places goes to Jacqueline Saphra for ‘My Friend Juliet’s Icelandic Lover’ and third place to Laura Seymour for ‘Cutting Chips’. In the 12 – 17 age group first place goes to Isla Anderson for ‘Letter for a Postbox Filled With Rain’, second place to Helen Ridout for ‘Poems Written in the Dead of Night’ and third place to Katharina Dixon-Ward for ‘Tube’. Finally in the under 11 age group first place goes to Poppy Smart for ‘Leonardo devinci losing the plot’, second place to Christy Fielder for ‘Teardrops’ and third place to Lilly Lees for ‘Where Reality Ends’.
Congratulations to all our winners – you can hear them read as part of the Festival in 2015 where Ian will be introducing the event. For more details we will be putting the winning poems on our competition page shortly. Thank you to everyone who entered.
And thank you to Ty Newydd, the National Writers’ Centre for Wales for supporting this competition.
We are making available audio recordings of some of the events that you might like to listen to again, or for the first time if you didn’t get to the event.
Go to the 2014 Audio Highlights page to see what’s there already.