7th April 2010
A KEY figure in the 'beat generation' is the latest addition to this
year's Ledbury Poetry Festival.
Michael McClure, who gave his first poetry reading at the legendary
Six Gallery event in San Francisco, is lauded by, among others,
Hollywood star Dennis Hopper, who said: "Without McClure's roar there
would have been no sixties."
His play the Beard provoked numerous censorship battles and his songs
include Mercedes Benz, which was popularised by Janis Joplin.
The festival, which will run at various venues around the town from
July 2-11, has numerous highlights spanning live readings,
performances, talks, family events and workshops.
It is recognised as one of the best poetry festival's in the UK and
regularly attracts a diverse mix of international and home-grown talent.
Organisers have this year commissioned the Siobhan Davies Dance
Company to create a new piece, while Estonian poet Doris Kareva will
read with Irish poet Mary O'Donnell.
Emerging poets and those wishing to learn more have the opportunity
to attend various workshops being run by, among others, Billy
Collins, Pascale Petit, Mario Petrucci and American poet Dan
Chiasson. One-to-one workshop sessions can be booked for more precise
feedback and upcoming poets can also perform at one of the open-mic nights.
To request a free programme for this year's event call 0845 4581743.