Schools Day


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 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!