Interested In Working for Ledbury Poetry Festival?

We run a ten day festival, held at the beginning of July. We are the largest most exciting poetry festival in the UK with a reputation for a strong international element to our programming, our support for new writers and a flourishing school and community programme.

We are looking for a new part time Festival Manager (4 days a week) to work closely with our Artistic Director, Finance Manager and 12 Trustees to build on our success and take the Festival forward into the future. If you have the necessary experience (a background in arts or events, marketing and fundraising – we are particularly interested in successful fundraisers!) download the following information:Festival Manager Job Description

We work in a small friendly office and are looking for someone energetic and adaptable, who is willing to do everything from writing fundraising applications and marketing plans to setting up our hospitality café during the festival.

Salary range dependent on experience: £23,000 – £25,000 FTE

This is a one year contract with the possibility of being extended to two years and there is a 6 month probationary period.  If you have any questions please telephone the office (01531 634156) and ask to speak to Chloe Garner or Victoria Patch. The Chair’s number will be made available on request.

Closing date: Monday 2nd February 9am.

Interview: We expect to hold interviews between 12th – 16th February 2015.

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 – 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.

 The Poetry Orchard Celebration Events at The Big Apple Festival

Sunday 12 October Reading with Paul Henry and Poetry Orchard Contributors

2.30pm, Hellens Manor

Paul Henry, Herefordshire Poet in Residence, will share his online Poetry Orchard.  Launched with his own poem ‘Windfalls’, The Poetry Orchard has been growing all year.  Each poem takes its title from a named Herefordshire apple variety, and the poems are diverse and full of flavour.  Joined by some of the contributors, Paul will lead this event among the trees at Hellens (indoors if wet).

Saturday 11 October Community Art Day with Jeanette McCulloch

11am to 5pm, Hellens Manor

Community art celebrating Herefordshire’s apple names.  Jeanette McCulloch will be on hand to help create a splash of orchard colours for tomorrow’s poetry reading from your simple textile hangings.  Pick your favourite apple name and create your own design.  All materials provided.

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It’s over for another year…

Ledbury Poetry Festival 2014 has now ended.  Thank you to all to attended or took part in the 100 or so events of the past 10 days.  Make a note of Friday 3rd July Sunday 12th July 2015 for next year’s festival.

Listen again…

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.

Just a few photos from the first day…

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LPF is delighted to announce it is retaining its NPO status with the Arts Council and is looking forward to the next three years.