SOLD OUT EVENTS…

25 How To Get Your Poetry Published Workshop Mon 6 & Tues 7

27 The Pied Piper Of Hamelin Mon 6

36 John Burnside Workshop – The Creatures Wed 8

37 John Burnside Workshop – The Panorama Wed 8

44 John Burnside Workshop – The Miniature Thurs 9

45 John Burnside Workshop – The Baroque Thurs 9

Some special 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 8pm in the beautiful setting of Hellens Manor, Much Marcle, Nr. Ledbury. (Doors open at 7pm and there is a bar available)

Tickets are £9

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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.

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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 0531 636232.


 Voice Coaching Workshop for New and Emerging Poets

 24th – 28th May, 2015.

Thank you to all poets and publishers who have submitted applications and recommendations.

Our 4 day residential voice coaching workshop is for poets who have at least one collection published, are starting to get readings and are looking to strengthen their performance style. The renowned Kristin Linklater of Linklater Voice has  been confirmed as our coach.

The workshop is free to attend, with accommodation and travel included.

Evening activities during the residency include the Poetry Festival Launch event, Michael Longley reading with Frank Ormsby. The poets will also have their own performance in this year’s Festival in which to incorporate their voice training.

We are grateful to Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Garrick Charitable Trust for funding this workshop.

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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.

This Year’s Festival Dates are 3 – 12 July 2015.

The box office opened for Friends on 14th May and for everyone else on 16th May. The phone number is now 01531 636232. If you are interested in becoming a  Friend please contact Sandra our Finance Manager on the above number or email finance@poetry-festival.co.uk .

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