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Ledbury Poetry Festival – Bath Spa University

Ledbury Poetry Festival is the biggest poetry festival in the UK and features poets from all over the world.

Inspiring, inclusive and international in its programme, Ledbury Poetry Festival, 30th June – 9th July 2023, lines up live readings and conversations, workshops, music, exhibitions and films. There are lots on for the whole family, including children’s writers and events for schools and colleges.

Everyone is welcome to enjoy the Festival atmosphere with street performers and market day celebrations. Round off your day with fabulous evening performances and slams.


Ledbury Poetry runs programmes throughout the year. From salons held in Ledbury to monthly online international reading groups and from weekly evening events to fabulous all-day workshops in the school holidays, Ledbury Poetry encourages creativity and the exploration of language in all its forms for all ages and everyone.

The learning programme works in schools and colleges, with opportunities developed for 16-25 years olds and sits alongside a New and Emerging Writers’ Programme. Ledbury Poetry Competition runs annually with its fabulous prize of £1,000 and a weeks poetry writing course with Arvon. In 2022 the judge was T.S. Eliot Prize-winner Joelle Taylor.

Ledbury Poetry Critics programme now includes over 30 poets and poetry critics of colour. The impact of this programme can be felt on the stages of Festivals nationwide and in print in the commission of these poets as critics. 

Now, as part of our partnership, Bath Spa University students will have access to the following: 

  • Long and short-term internships that include training provided by professionals.
  • The Ledbury Poetry House Key Scheme means that once someone has signed up (for FREE) as being 16-25, they can come to events for FREE.
  • Staff discounts for tickets to events.

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