Ledbury Poetry in the Community


On Friday 28th June from 10am – 11am at The Community Centre in Ledbury we will launch Ledbury Poetry Festival 2024 with a fabulous event with award-winning writer Nicola Davies. We’d like to invite your school to come and join us. It will be a fantastic morning of learning and inspiration and FUN created especially for key stage 2.

The Star Whale poems explore the natural world with insight and joy. Like the goldfinch in the final poem, these poems will ‘set the heart free and flying’. You might spot a kingfisher, that ‘small glint of wonder’, and see how ‘wild reclaims the world’ in the urban night-time.

NICOLA DAVIES is the author of more than 80 books for children and young people, including poetry, non-fiction, picture books and novels. Her work has been published in more than 10 different languages and won awards in the UK, US, Europe and Asia. In 2017, she was the first recipient of the School Library Association’s award for Outstanding Contribution to Children’s Non-fiction. Her picture book The Promise (with Laura Carlin) was one of the New York Times’ picture books of the year and was made into an animated film for the BBC. The Day War Came (with Rebecca Cobb) sparked an online campaign, ‘3000 chairs’, in support of unaccompanied child refugees. Her recent YA novel, The Song that Sings, has been nominated for the Yoto Carnegie Medal. Her most recent novel Skrimsli has been nominated as Wales Book of the Year 2024. The Star Whale is her third collaboration with Petr Horáček. Their first, the poetry collection A First Book Of Animals, was shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway medal. Nicola regularly runs workshops for children and adults to help them find their voices as writers and advocates for nature. She lives in Pembrokeshire, Wales.

Tickets are £3 per child. Its easy to reserve your place; simply email office@ledburypoetry.org.uk with the number of spaces you would like. Please book early to ensure we have space for your pupils. We hope you can join us!



Ledbury Poetry in the Community began in Spring 2024 with a series of consultation events engaging the wider community in book/art/craft based activities. From these fun and interactive events, for all ages, a report will be written which will in turn inform activities to be developed at Ledbury Poetry House in the future.

We have a short survey here Community Survey which we invite you to complete. This is your chance to have your say and share your ideas!

Broad Brushstrokes on a Blank Page Sara-Jane Arbury will lead a set of writing activities in the first part of the workshop, exploring the use of questions and answers in poetry. In response to the words and poems collected from Sara-Jane’s activities, and by using found papers, paint sticks, posters will made to become bold compositions that capture the flavour of poetry.

The Colour of Words with Jeanette McCulloch. From a collection of colour-printed words, you’ll construct our own small book of poetry as collage. These poetic words will form an individual response about our relationship with the wider meaning of poetry and what it might mean to us. This small library of books will be displayed in the Poetry House and returned to their maker.

‘Finding Poems’ with Sara-Jane Arbury. Poems can be found in the most unexpected places. Join Sara-Jane Arbury as she leads a poetry writing workshop exploring the wonderful world of Found Poetry. Discover how words and phrases from unusual sources can lead to distinctive and surprising poems!

Rugby Club Fun Evening with Brenda Read-Brown and Emma Clowsley as a part of the Ledbury Poetry community consultation on 29th March at 7.30pm.

All events are FREE but ticketed. Please book HERE: What’s On – Ledbury Poetry

This project is funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund