The 2007 Ledbury Poetry Festival

James Fenton and Simon Armitage headline the Ledbury Poetry Festival with two events on June 29, the opening night. James Fenton will read from The New Faber Book of Love Poems and Simon Armitage will read from Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

Other Festival events now confirmed include: Performance poets Murray Lachlan Young, A.F. Harrold, Elvis McGonagall and Rachel Pantechnicon. Tom Paulin on Louis MacNeice, as well as talks on Auden, Wordsworth and Coleridge, and Chartist poetry.

Poets confirmed include P.J. Kavanagh, Daljit Nagra, George Szirtes, Helen Dunmore, Adam Thorpe, Josephine Dickinson, John Haynes and Tim Liardet. Lebanese poets will travel to Ledbury for an exclusive event and Chinese poet Liu Hongbin will read with his translator Peter Porter. Novelist A.L. Kennedy will talk about her favourite poems.

Theatrical events include a performance of Beckett‘s Outbursts by John Calder, and The Godot Company and Ian Frost performing Byron‘s Don Juan. Russian singer Elena will be performing songs by Russian poets set to her own music.

The finale of the Festival will be a one-off performance of songs from The Ballads of The Book, hosted by A.L. Kennedy and starring pop artists James Yorkston, King Creosote and Emma Pollock with songs written especially by Bill Duncan, Laura Hird and Louise Welsh.

The Festival will take to the streets on Saturday 30 June with Circus Fudge, Sally Crabtree’s Poetree, Altered Book workshops, and many other street performances culminating in a free Ceilidh and a good, old-fashioned Irish knees-up.

Irish Theme:

The first weekend of the Ledbury Poetry Festival 2007 will have an Irish theme, with distinguished poets making rare U.K. appearances, plus music and talks.

Poets in Residence:

The poets in residence for this year’s Festival are Theo Dorgan and Paula Meehan. They will be running workshops and “one on ones” during the Ledbury Poetry Festival 2007 for anyone wishing to develop their creative writing skills.

Source of message: EMIT Writers News, June 2007.

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