Ledbury Poetry Festival
Spread over ten days in July, Britain's biggest poetry festival was established in 1997.
Ledbury Poetry Festival takes over a picturesque medieval market town in the Malvern Hills boasting many links with poets over the centuries, most notably John Masefield and Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
On the agenda are readings, performances and talks by contemporary poets and actors, workshops, exhibitions, live music and walks, and there's an international poetry competition judged by each year's poet in residence. Previous judges have included Ruth Padel, Matthew Sweeney, Jo Shapcott, Mark Doty, Gillian Clarke, Don Paterson, Paula Meehan and Theo Dorgan.
The judge in 2013 was Esther Morgan and in 2014 will be Ian McMillan, poet-in-residence for English National Opera, The Academy of Urbanism and Barnsley FC. As a presenter of Radio 3’s ‘The Verb’, Ian is also a regular on Coast, Pick of the Week, You & Yours, Last Word and The Arts Show.
Highlights of the 2014 Ledbury Poetry Festival will include 'And you, Helen' remembering Helen Thomas, a performance of Deryn Rees-Jones’s new poem by actress Juliet Stevenson accompanied by animated collages of artist Charlotte Hodes. Other highlights include poetry all-nighters at Hellen’s Manor, Tom Durham reading Edward Thomas and One to Ones with Amy Wack.