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Ledbury Reporter | Poetry Festival

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Published: Sun, 18 Mar 2018 08:35:20 +0000

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Fred Voss and Matthew Sweeney

Mon, 14 Jul 2008 15:39:00 +0100

The memory of award-winning poet Matthew Sweeney's previous visit is so vivid that it is hard to believe that his reading was his first appearance at the Ledbury Poetry Festival since 2002.

Double bill of distinctly Irish voices

Mon, 14 Jul 2008 13:45:00 +0100

Alan Gillis and Ian Duhig joined forces last Saturday to provide the first double bill of this year's Ledbury Poetry Festival. The voices and themes of this joint performance were distinctly Irish at times; not surprising given the heritage of both writers.

Sun smiles on festival

Mon, 14 Jul 2008 09:22:00 +0100

Festival theatre Chloe Garner continues her diary.

The Odyssey - a triumph of memory and imagination

Mon, 14 Jul 2008 08:50:00 +0100

It was a long, challenging but enjoyable ten days at the Ledbury Poetry Festival, which closed on Sunday - most suitably - with a recital of "The Odyssey".

Children leave show "buzzing".

Mon, 14 Jul 2008 08:33:00 +0100

My six year old daughter, Isabella, insisted on a good review for "Buzzing", and who am I to argue?

Leafcutter John's a slinky performer.

Sun, 13 Jul 2008 13:26:00 +0100

Leafcutter John is a one man recording studio, mixing improvisation and acoustic guitar with special effects.

Jackie Kay's Remarkable Talent on Show

Sun, 13 Jul 2008 13:05:00 +0100

Jackie Kay was billed as one of the UK's most compelling performers, and she did not disappoint in the Burgage Hall on Friday.

Peake's visions of China

Thu, 10 Jul 2008 08:33:00 +0100

The luminous talent that was author and artist Mervyn Peake was brought to light by his son, Sebastian, during a moving illustrated lecture in the Burgage Hall.

Half-way through and spirits are bouyant

Wed, 09 Jul 2008 11:57:00 +0100

Festival director Chloe Garner shares her latest thoughts with us.

D H Lawrence has left the restaurant

Wed, 09 Jul 2008 11:38:00 +0100

Author Geoff Dyer has travelled to Italy and New Mexico "In the footsteps of DH Lawrence".

The virtues of idleness?

Tue, 08 Jul 2008 16:40:00 +0100

Tom Hodgkinson: Poetry and Idleness. Burgage Hall, Sunday 6th July.

Being Shelley - Ann Wroe

Tue, 08 Jul 2008 08:39:00 +0100

Monday's talk by the writer Ann Wroe on her latest literary biography, Being Shelley, was a sell-out. And those purchasing their tickets were more than satisfied: i.e. engrossed and exhilarated!

Can Poetry Change Anything?

Mon, 07 Jul 2008 17:01:00 +0100

Lithuanian poet Marcelius Matinaitis shared the stage with his fellow poet and one-time student Laima Vince Sruoginis, who also acted as translator

New generation of poets

Mon, 07 Jul 2008 15:55:00 +0100

I have just come from Out Loud, the event where pupils who have written poems through the Poets in Schools programme read their work.

Bold step well worth taking

Mon, 07 Jul 2008 08:57:00 +0100

"Can Poetry Change Anything?" Burgage Hall, Ledbury.

View through the window

Mon, 07 Jul 2008 08:54:00 +0100

David Whyte's contribution to the Ledbury Poetry Festival on Friday evening was an impressive tour de force.

The Wanderer keeps people in their seats.

Mon, 07 Jul 2008 08:41:00 +0100

One school of thought has it that poetry should never be set to music, - because it is word-music and does not need the notes.

Off to a flyer

Mon, 07 Jul 2008 08:31:00 +0100

"We are now in the midst of the first weekend of the Festival. Carol Ann Duffy blessed the festival with her poem Prayer' at our launch and the Mayor, Keith Francis spoke from his heart in a very generous way about all the events he is looking forward to at the Festival.

Poetry Jukebox: The Right Selection.

Sun, 06 Jul 2008 19:05:00 +0100

Some poets claim that actors and actresses, even famous performers, should never be allowed to lift a book of verse on stage.

A cider supper sets a tradition.

Sat, 05 Jul 2008 08:28:00 +0100

Poetry Festival chairman, the artist Peter Arscott hopes that a poets-only cider supper will become an annual tradition in Ledbury from now on.

Carol Ann Duffy delights

Fri, 04 Jul 2008 18:47:00 +0100

Only a few years ago, at an earlier Ledbury Poetry Festival, Carol Ann Duffy was denounced by one heckler as a man hater and a blasphemer.

Best and worst festival experiences

Fri, 04 Jul 2008 15:34:00 +0100

The Ledbury Poetry Festival asked some of it's performers to recount their best and worst festival experiences. Here are some of their memories:

Keep Calm and Carry On!

Fri, 04 Jul 2008 13:24:00 +0100

The countdown begins to the launch of the Festival. I am pleased that the day is finally here after a long build up that began back in April!

Dominent themes

Fri, 04 Jul 2008 12:27:00 +0100

This year for the first time, the Ledbury Poetry Festival has collated the themes within the poems entered to its national poetry competition in order to gauge the mood and dominant thoughts of the nation.