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Live ShowLedbury Poetry Festival 2018
Sat – Sun   30th Jun8th Jul 2018

Ledbury Poetry Festival 2018

Tickets are only available from the Festival Box Office (phone 01531-636232) or
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Sunday 1st July

British Sign Language Translation Duel1 to 2pm   £9.50

Paul Scott’s poem Snowflake is created and performed in British Sign Language - a language with complex three-dimensional syntax, and no written form - so how do you get a performing body onto the page?

Come along to experience and explore sign language poetry and, of course, to judge the efforts of Kyra Pollitt and Sue MacLaine.

Film - A Quiet Passion7pm   £6
2016   (UK/Belgium - 12A)  |  125mins

The story of 19th century American poet Emily Dickinson is brought to vivid life, in a remarkably sensitive biopic by director Terence Davies, exploring her early days as a young schoolgirl through to her later years as a recluse.  Now recognised as a genius that penned some of the most important verses in American literature, the poet was virtually unknown in her lifetime.

Featuring a curated selection of her poems in voiceover, A Quiet Passion details every facet of Dickinson’s character: her wit, her humour and the intimate, close-knit relationship she had with her family.

Sorry - Film Club membership discount does not apply to this film

Monday 2nd July

Mixtape8:30pm   £9

Rising stars of poetry Nick Makoha and Roger Robinson present a unique new show of poetry and music mosaics, Mixtape.  With enduring friendship at its centre, hear poems that leap back and forth in time, giving voice to the universal struggle to carve out personal and political identities.  Poems about music, poems about love, poems of protest and of exile, monologues and duet poems - all tied together through an unforgettable soundtrack of songs, from Afrobeats to hip-hop, from reggae to soul.  Through a heartfelt, humorous and honest exploration of two individual lives, Mixtape will inspire audiences to compile the definitive track list of their own experiences.

Co-produced by Speaking Volumes, funded by Arts Council England

Tuesday 3rd July

Film - Stories from the Hop Yards5:15 to 8pm   £9.50
2018   (UK - U)  |  90mins

From the makers of Chewing The Cud: Memories from Hereford’s old Livestock Market comes a brand-new heritage film about the glorious traditions of Herefordshire hop picking.  With their distinctive aroma and connections to beer, the film mixes archive photographs, films and newly recorded oral history interviews from farmers, traders, pickers and brewers.  We listen to stories of days past and present from Herefordians, people from South Wales, the Black Country, Polish migrant workers and Gypsy Roma travellers.  Part of the Herefordshire Life Through A Lens project.

This special screening also features poetry readings with two of the film’s interviewees, Raine Geoghegan and Margaret Dallow; a tasting of local beers and a chance to share stories.

Sorry - Film Club membership discount does not apply to this film

Wednesday 4th July

Pascale Petit and Tishani Doshi8 to 9pm   £9.50

A reading and dance performance.  Pascale Petit’s Mama Amazonica is a major literary feat, and this a brilliant sequence of poems.  It burns in its own supranatural light - PBS.

Tishani Doshi combines artistic elegance with a visceral power to create a breathtaking panorama of danger, memory, beauty and the strange geographies of happiness - John Burnside.

Thursday 5th July

Doctor Zeeman's Catastrophe Machine8:30pm   £9

Written and performed by Martin Figura.

What can be retrieved from life’s catastrophes and wounds?

Doctor Zeeman’s Catastrophe Machine is the new stage production from award-winning poet Martin Figura.  In this standalone show, Martin tells the story of his adulthood, using poetry, sound, images and a mathematical machine to journey through marriage guidance, a father/son road trip and his Down’s Syndrome daughter’s leaving home for college. Directed by Hannah Jane Walker, funded by Arts Council England, and produced by Tilt, with support from Norwich Arts Centre and Writers’ Centre Norwich -

Age guidance: 14+

Saturday 7th July

Ledbury Poetry Slam8 to 10:30pm   £9

Brace yourselves for a knockout night of performance poetry as worldly wordsmiths take the page onto the stage to compete for points that lead to prizes!  It’s a cut-and-thrust contest where do-or-die versifiers parade their poems in a bid to reach the hearts and hearing parts of the public.  Random judges award points for style, content and warmth of the applaudience, so who will fire on all syllables into the final and become Ledbury’s Slam Luminary?

Join heavenly hosts Sara-Jane Arbury and Slam veteran Steve Rooney for an energetic evening of good verbal vibrations and lend your support for those taking a stanza on stage.

Unfortunately the previously-billed Elvis McGonagall cannot appear.
For further details or to enter the Slam, please contact Sara-Jane on 07814-830031 or by email.

Sponsored by The Market Theatre

Tickets are only available from the Festival Box Office (phone 01531-636232) or
They are not available from the Theatre box office or phone.