01 – 21 Years of Ledbury Poetry Festival

Showcase and Celebration

Brenda Read Brown

This event showcases poets at all stages of their development: John Masefield High School Students have worked with the school’s poet in residence Brenda Read-Brown to create their poems. The Foyle Young Poets Award for poets aged 11–17 is one of the largest and most prestigious literary prizes and past winners include Theophilus Kwek, Richard Osmond and Mary Anne Clark who read tonight.

Established poets include Fiona Sampson, recently made an MBE for services to literature and current Herefordshire poet in residence whose latest collection is The Catch; Alison Brackenbury whose ninth collection of poetry is called Skies and Katharine Towers whose second collection is The Remedies. American poet Thomas Lynch feature among other renowned poets.