Festival of Hope 1 / 27 May 2020

Poetry from a Lockdown

Join these young people as they respond genuinely to the issues they face in lockdown, bravely continuing to write and support each other remotely. Ledbury Poetry Festival's Community Programme has supported these young people for a number of years through supported workshops, performances and performance techniques, with practitioner Toni Cook. The group would have performed at the 2020 Ledbury Poetry Festival, at the Being Heard event, and instead have created this video as a digi-performance. Thanks go to Rich Hankins, film editor, Arts Council England, the Garfield Weston Foundation, and the Robert Gavron Charitable Trust.


Ledbury Poetry Festival

Ledbury Poetry Festival is the biggest, brightest, most superlatively international celebration of poetry and spoken word in the UK. Surrounded by woods, orchards and hills, poets from all over the world gather in this independent market town to perform, write, read and listen to poetry. Contemporary literary titans stand alongside upcoming talents to illuminate a thrillingly electric mix of events, from readings, performance poetry, masterclasses, walks, talks and films through to breakfasts, music, exhibitions and bike rides. It’s all yours at Ledbury – dig deep into interesting ideas, take in poetry over a pint, craft your own writing style, or showcase your skills in the slam.