From Alexis Taylor to Jackie Kay to Michael Palin: Ledbury Poetry Festival 2018 announces full programme

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.

Press Release: Ledbury Poetry Festival, Sandeep Parmar and Sarah Howe launch new mentoring scheme to tackle ‘predominantly white critical culture’ in poetry: Ledbury Emerging Poetry Critics

Application deadline: Friday 20 October 2017 Ledbury Poetry Festival in collaboration with award-winning poets Sandeep Parmar and Sarah Howe have launched a new mentoring programme to encourage diversity in poetry reviewing culture, aimed at supporting emerging critical voices: Ledbury Emerging Poetry Critics. In the past decade, publishing and mentorship schemes targeting BAME poets and writers, … Continue reading Press Release: Ledbury Poetry Festival, Sandeep Parmar and Sarah Howe launch new mentoring scheme to tackle ‘predominantly white critical culture’ in poetry: Ledbury Emerging Poetry Critics

Jeremy Corbyn is right: poetry can change the world

“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

Ledbury Poetry Festival 2017 full programme announced

Ledbury Poetry Festival 2017: Paddy Ashdown, Richard Dawkins, Simon Armitage, Bejan Matur join all-star cast ‘from all over the world’ to celebrate 21 years of the UK’s biggest poetry festival 30 June – 9 July 2017 http://www.poetry-festival.co.uk