Poet inspired by a four-day stay in Ledbury
A poet says it was “an honour” to hear the stories of Ledbury residents during a four-day stay in the town.
Beth Calverley is Poet-in-Residence at The Poetry House, Barrett Browning Institute at The Homend.
The Bristol-based poet, who has performed at venues across the country, spent four days in Ledbury with her creation The Poetry Machine.
Beth invites people in and have a chat before creating a new, intuitive poem for each person or family on her vintage typewriter.
“I have been entrusted with many stories, moments, tears and smiles this week,” Beth said. “It’s an honor to hold these stories during moments of connection, especially at such a turbulent time.
“Ledbury Poetry Festival has already created a sense of place within The Poetry House – a welcoming place where people can come in, have a cup of tea, talk, read, belong and be creative in their own way, at their own pace. .
“Having been Poet-in-Residence for the Community Consultations and hearing locals share their visions of the space, it is magical to see those thoughts, feelings and ideas come to life. This place is a brick and mortar prose poem.
Comments on the Poetry Machine and Ledbury Poetry Festival Facebook pages describe the “special” experience of having Beth create a poem for them.
One person said: “We stumbled across the Poetry Machine in Ledbury.
‘Made me cry’
“After a brief chat with Beth, she then sat down at her typewriter and produced two amazing bespoke poems for us. She took no notes, just sat, composed and typed.
“Both poems were brilliant, but mine was so exceptional it brought me to tears.”
Upcoming events at Ledbury Poetry House include the Ledbury Lettering Festival workshops, taking place April 19-23.
The workshops include an introduction to Celtic calligraphy, small folded books, Art Nouveau lettering and drawing, an introduction to modern calligraphy and pointed pen drawing.
All workshops cost £25 and include all the tools and materials you will need unless otherwise stated. More information and booking details are available on the Ledbury Poetry Festival Facebook page.