Ledbury Poetry runs programmes throughout the year. From salons held in Ledbury to monthly online international reading groups and from weekly evening events to fabulous all-day workshops in the school holidays, Ledbury Poetry encourages creativity and the exploration of language in all its forms, for all ages, and for everyone.
The learning programme works in schools and colleges, with opportunities developed for 16-25 year olds Ledbury Poetry House Key. Ledbury Poetry Competition runs annually with its fabulous prize of £1,000 and a weeks poetry writing course with Arvon.
Ledbury Poetry Critics programme now includes over 30 poets and poetry critics of colour. The impact of this programme can be felt on the stages of Festivals nationwide and in print in the commission of these poets as critics. At LPF 2022 and 2023 Ledbury Poetry Critics hosted and chaired events.
There are long and deep associations with poets and poetry who have lived in and around Ledbury from William Langland to Elizabeth Barrett Browning, John Masefield, W.H. Auden, the Dymock Poets: Lascelles Abercrombie, Rupert Brooke, John Drinkwater, Robert Frost, Wilfrid Gibbon and Edward Thomas. Ledbury is a lively market town with a wealth of independent shops, pubs, restaurants and cafes serving delicious local produce. Visit us in our new permanent home, Ledbury Poetry House, under the Clock Tower on the main road. A warm welcome awaits at all the weekly events held here and there is a shop to browse in too – with cards, beautiful stationary and wonderful books.
Thank you to all the trustees, friends, funders, partners, sponsors and volunteers who support the year-round programmes especially Arts Council England
Ledbury Poetry Festival 28th June – 7th July 2024
The biggest poetry festival in the UK features poets from all over the world. Inspiring, inclusive and international in its programme, everyone is welcome to this celebration of poetry. The line-up includes live readings and conversations, workshops, music, exhibitions and films. There is lots on for the whole family too including children’s writers and events for schools and colleges. Enjoy the Festival atmosphere with street performers and a whole day market celebration on the tenth and final day. Round-off your day with fabulous music and poetry slams. To find out more and to get all the latest news each month please sign up to the mailing list.