Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), poet Benjamin Zephaniah, comedian, broadcaster and writer Michael Palin, poet and playwright Sabrina Mahfouz, Scottish Makar Jackie Kay, Chris Difford(Squeeze), US poet Jericho Brown and comedian Miles Jupp are among the new poets, musicians and poetry lovers from around the world announced for Ledbury Poetry Festival 2018 (29 June – 8 July), as the full programme is released today Thursday 10 May.
As festival season warms up, Paul Henry and Brian Briggs will be touring The Glass Aisle across the country, and Paul Henry will be making some solo appearances too. Hope to see you at some of these...
In 2015 musician and frontman Brian Briggs performed with his band Stornoway on the main stage at the award-winning Festival No.6 in Portmeirion. In 2017, Brian returns to the festival with poet Paul Henry to perform their astonishing collaborative work The Glass Aisle: Poems and Songs. The pair will be on The Piazza stage at Festival No. 6 on … Continue reading The Glass Aisle – Paul Henry & Brian Briggs’ work announced for Festival No. 6
Diary of the Last Man is an imaginative film-portrait of the writer and poet Robert Minhinnick. The brilliant new film by director Eamon Bourke will be screened at a series of special events throughout late 2017 and early 2018 , including Crickhowell Literary Festival on 5 October 2017. Each screening will be followed by a performance … Continue reading Diary of the Last Man – an imaginative film portrait of, and performance from, poet Robert Minhinnick
“Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world”- Percy Bysshe Shelley In today's i newspaper Ledbury Poetry Festival poet in residence Fiona Sampson examines the political power of poetry, in times of austerity, political change and ahead of the 21st Ledbury Poetry Festival, the UK's biggest poetry festival, which runs from 30 June - 9 … Continue reading Jeremy Corbyn is right: poetry can change the world
Picador presents CELEBRATING POETRY AND COMMUNITY WITH THE LAUREATE AND FRIENDS with Carol Ann Duffy, Gillian Clarke, Imtiaz Dharker, Jackie Kay, John Sampson with special guest poets 19 JUNE 2016 - 2 JULY 2016 Carol Ann Duffy has been a bold, original voice and one of Britain’s best-loved poets since the publication of Standing Female Nude … Continue reading Shore to Shore Tour: Celebrating Poetry & Community with the Laureate and Friends
FABER NEW POETS ON TOUR Faber New Poets 2015-2016 - Elaine Beckett, Crispin Best, Sam Buchan-Watts & Rachel Curzon - will tour the UK this Spring to celebrate the publication of their pamphlets on 7 April. Now in its fourth incarnation, Faber New Poets is an innovative publishing scheme from Faber & Faber in association with Arts … Continue reading Spring Poetry: Faber New Poets On Tour
Ding Ding! Round two. In ten days time, I'll be getting a train to one of the world's greatest literature festivals - Edinburgh International Book Festival - as we prepare for the festival's very own spoken word programme BABBLE ON. Babble On poet, co-programmer & co-producer Luke Wright is up there already performing 2 shows - the magnificent What I Learned … Continue reading Bigmouths Strike Again: Babble On returns to Edinburgh Book Festival 2015
Dylan Goes Electric! Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the Night that Split the Sixties by Elijah Wald Published 13 August 2015, HarperCollins 360, £16.99 Hardback Order now Praise for Dylan Goes Electric! 'It is a great work of scholarship, brimming with insight – among the best music books I have ever read'. John Harris, The Guardian 'With...Wald's unswervingly measured tone, … Continue reading Press Release: Dylan Goes Electric! by Elijah Wald published to mark 50th anniversary of Newport Folk Festival 1965
Attending London Book Fair as a freelancer for the first time, rather than as a publisher, meant that for me this year was all about authors & events. Neighbouring the fair's official bookseller, Foyles, English PEN's PEN Literary Salon offered an expertly curated programme of events over the 3 days including interviews with Ali Smith, Valeria … Continue reading From Big Ideas To Diversity: How To Plan A Successful Literary Festival – LBF 2015