Ledbury Poetry Festival is 20 this year. And to mark this wonderful achievement, Bloodaxe, and the editor Mark Fisher, and has created a celebratory anthology, containing poems and personal recollections by many of the poets who have appeared at Ledbury over the past 20 years. HWAET! is the title and the the opening to Beowulf. It means ‘Listen!’ (or maybe doesn’t – see here) and rhymes with cat. It is superb value, and every penny profit is going to the Ledbury Poetry Festival funds, to help with the schools’ projects. I recommend it – if you are going to buy an anthology this year, do make it this one! Buy it, and listen to some of the poets read their poems at its launch at the festival, here.
I am absolutely delighted to have had a poem included. It is Garter, which I wrote for the Apple Orchard project in 2015, initiated by the Herefordshire poet-in-residence Paul Henry.
Cheltenham Poetry Festival 2016 ‘The Writer’s Festival’ begins on 6th May. The line-up is super, and I love the idea of it being a Writer’s Festival. I shall be reading too, in a ‘Chapter and Verse’ pairing with Martin Lytton, on Sunday 8th May at The Strand, 2pm. The brochure entry describes the event:
Scumbling is defined as both blurring the outlines in literature and as a process of layering glazes in art. To what extent do writers conceal and veil the truth? Award- winning poet Lesley Ingram reads from her haunting first collection Scumbled – described as “compelling, strange – vivid and vital” by Alison Brackenbury. Acclaimed playwright and poet Martin Lytton (author of Prospects, The Secret Life of Shakespeare, Julia) reads new work which explores the interface between poetry and prose.
Do come. There will be images to see too!
I am thrilled to be reading at Much Wenlock Poetry Festival this year. It is one of my favourite poetry festivals with a truly warm and welcoming atmosphere.
I’m going to be reading from Scumbled, so if you’d like to hear some ‘little gothic madnesses’ inspired by the artwork of Maggie Taylor , do drop by.
I shall be sharing the stage with Rosie Miles, who will be reading from her new Happenstance pamphlet ‘Cuts’. We’d love to see you, in the Pottery on Saturday 23rd April at 10:30.
I shall be reading in a Ledbury book launch at the 2015 Ledbury Poetry Festival on Wednesday 8 July at 7:45pm in the Burgage Hall. It would be lovely to see you there!
Scumbled is now available from Cinnamon Press and me – contact me through the contact page and I’d be delighted to send you a copy.
In June 2015 my first collection will be published by Cinnamon Press.
This wonderful cover was designed by Adam Craig, the artistic director at Cinnamon Press, and it captures the feel for the poems so perfectly. Comments on the book – its ‘blurbs’ – have been thrilling for me to read as they’ve been arriving in my inbox. Some will go on the back of the cover, others on the book’s page on the Cinnamon Press website, when it’s available.
‘Never judge a book by its cover’ they say. Yet I’m sure we all do, at some level. This cover captures the mood of the contents perfectly. I love it.
On Sunday, April 27th I read at the wonderful Much Wenlock Poetry Festival, which is going from strength to strength. Despite it being a Sunday, the cafes were open, and Wenlock folk must be amongst the kindest and most helpful in Britain, with their many ‘may I help you?’ approaches to lost looking souls like me, insearch of venues and car parks and cafes. A great place for a poetry festival, and look, Anna Dreda’s bookshop!
I have had my first poem published by the Grey Hen Press in their sea-themed anthology Running Before The Wind, which, by the way, will support the RNLI. I joined other ‘Grey Hens’ Jean Atkin, June Hall, Hermione Sandall, and Rosie Bailey, and in the ‘cosy’ (packed!) room of The Pottery, we read to an attentive and warmly responsive crowd. The 45 minutes flew by, many books were sold, and it ended far too soon. I don’t feel like a fully-fledged Hen yet though. One poem in one anthology does not a Hen make, although it’s probably cracked the egg. (Eggs/Chickens/Hens…I bet you couldn’t see that coming!)
Peter Carpenter & Lesley Ingram – Being In Bed With Philip Larkin
Saturday 05 April 2014 at 5:00pm
Peter Carpenter and Lesley Ingram
‘A fine poet of the urban pastoral’ (Matt Merrit) and ‘a
masterly portrait-painter’ (Matthew Jarvis), from the
brilliant Being in Bed with Philip Larkin and the tour-deforce
Footballing T S Eliot, Peter Carpenter’s poems
dazzle with wit and insight and move through teaching,
politics and recent history.
Lesley Ingram will be published by
Cinnamon Press next year. Her ekphrastic work is richly
imaginative and evocative.