Ledbury Poetry Player

Ledbury Poetry Player

Discover treasures or listen again to favourite events from the Ledbury Poetry library with over 300 hours of recordings.

To celebrate the Publication of Shakespeare’s First Folio 400 years ago we are pleased to share video of Emma Smith’s fabulous event at this summer’s Festival: https://ledburypoetry.org.uk/…/led…/eventlpf23-33-video/

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01. Hollie McNish and Michael Pedersen

The Ted Hughes Award-winning author of Nobody Told Me, Hollie McNish returns with Slug, a new collection of poetry and prose. From Finnish saunas and soppy otters to grief, grandparents and Kellogg’s anti-masturbation pants, Hollie ‘writes with honesty, conviction, humour and love.’ (Kae Tempest). She appears with Michael Pedersen, prize-winning Scottish poet, scribbler, stitcher. He’s unfurled…

14. Sarah Hymas and Jason Allen-Paisant

“Water that sings/ through blood and brain” permeates the mesmerizing series of contemplative poems in Sarah Hymas’s melt. Jason Allen-Paisant’s Thinking with Trees is a radical response to the pastoral
and walking traditions, in woods where dogs are welcomed but black men are suspect. Hosted by Ledbury Critic Mantra Mukim.

50 Ways to Score a Goal

18. 50 Ways to Score a Goal with Brian Bilston

  Full of poems that will make you giggle about all things football, including being left out of the World Cup squad, mum’s opinion on Messi vs Ronaldo. 50 Ways to Score a Goal and Other Football Poems includes witty chants, a haiku or two, and fun shape poems about the beautiful game. Laugh together through…

Deborah Landau

20. Poetry Reading: Alex Dimitrov and Deborah Landau

Deborah Landau is a professor and director of the Creative Writing Program at New York University. Her latest collection, Soft Targets follows two others in the US, The Uses of the Body and The Last
Usable Hour. Alex Dimitrov is the author of three books of poems,including Love and Other Poems, Together and by Ourselves, Begging for It.

Mererid Hopwood

32. Dead Poets Society 1: Gabriela Mistral

Mererid Hopwood, the great Welsh language poet and Professor of Languages, the first woman to win both the Bardic Chair and the Crown at the National Eisteddfod, introduces the life and work of the Chilean poet, who in 1945 became the first Hispano-American winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Olivia Jageurs

34. Feminista! Open Reading and Musical Celebration

A unique celebration of poetry and music created and composed by women! Harpist Olivia Jageurs performs music by female composers across the ages. The audience was invited to bring their own contributions of poems to read, either by themselves or by treasured female poets. There will be selections from a Baroque suite, a fiery Spanish fandango…

Olivia Jageurs

38. Voyages of the Mind

Camino de Santiago in music and poetry. A musical journey along the Camino de Santiago walking route with harpist Olivia Jageurs, starting with the music of Claude Debussy and Lili Boulanger, ending with the beloved Rodrigo guitar concerto reworked for the harp by jazz harpist Dorothy Ashby. Actor Alex Knox will guide the audience along…

Michael Rosen

47. Michael Rosen – Many Different Kinds of Love

In March 2020, Michael Rosen was admitted to hospital with coronavirus. What followed was months on the wards as the NHS saved his life. Throughout it nurses wrote him letters of hope and support in a diary and, as soon as he was awake, he started writing his own story.

Michael Wood

49. Dead Poets Society 3 – DuFu: China’s Greatest Poet.

“There’s Dante, there’s Shakespeare, and there’s Du Fu’ says Stephen Owen, author of first complete translation into English of Du Fu, China’s most famous and most loved poet. China’s tradition of poetry is one of the oldest living -the Book of Songs is earlier  than the Iliad. Du Fu (712-770) was a minor civil servant  who became a…

57. Dead Poets Society 4: Christopher Logue’s War Music, An Account of Homer’s Iliad

Backlisted host John Mitchinson discusses Christopher Logue’s ‘War Music: An Account of Homer’s Iliad’, Books 16-19 with reader and director Peter Florence and the NYT bestselling author of A Thousand Ships and Pandora’s Jar, Natalie Haynes, superstar classicist and creator of BBC Radio 4’s Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics. Live streamed on Zoom

Harry Baker

58. Harry Baker and Gecko

Singer storyteller Gecko bring his whimsical rhyming tales to Ledbury, as he releases his second  album Climbing Frame, with playful songs that cover the big things in life with wit and warmth. Gecko has previously appeared at Glastonbury, BBC Radio 1 and 6 Music. He has shared stages with the likes of Ed Sheeran, Loyle…


68. The Power of Endings

Elaine Beckett, Greta Stoddart, Gill Barr, and Helen Evans explore the challenge of when and how to end a poem. Reading from their own and others’ work, the effects of different types of endings are unwrapped, and considered in relation to the wider cycle of life and death. Live streamed on Zoom Weekend Pass Event  …