Homend Poets & Musicians

Ledbury, Herefordshire


Stimulating poetry and song!


At the Ice Bytes Cafe *, 38 Homend, Ledbury, HR8 1BT

* Ice Bytes Internet Cafe & Ice Cream Parlour & Ledbury Tourist Information Centre


The Homend Poets meet monthly on a Tuesday ~ schedule see below.

They are led by Nick Halligan, and read poetry and play a few songs. Light-hearted and fun - all are welcome

- the group invite poets, singers and musicians to come along and share a poem or song (your own or another's work).

Or simply relax and listen during an evening that is guaranteed to be enjoyable.

The evening is free, and kicks off at 6:30pm, and lasts for about two hours;

the first half is themed and the second half is open.


Refreshments are available, superb coffees, an excellent crepe menu, cakes, and baguettes: these evenings are a delight to participate in, or a great way to relax and enjoy an evening supper.


The group produce an annual book of poems by group members.



meets monthly on a Tuesday, from September to May, plus July

Usually on the last Tuesday in the month, usually earlier Tuesday in December

  • usually 1st Tuesday in July for The Ledbury Poetry Festival evening, when local and visiting poets read their own work at this informal music and poetry event. Bring along your own poetry or simply relax and listen during an evening that is guaranteed to be enjoyable; the annual Homend Poets book is launched at that meeting


The Homend Poets'

10th book,

launched at the

Ledbury Poetry

Festival in 2017

Meetings 2017 - 2017 season

  • Tuesday 25 September 2017 ~~ Trees and Gardens
  • Tuesday 31 October 2017 ~~ Magic, Transformation, and Change


Themes for further meetings are chosen at the end of the previous meeting


Archive of dates and themes: at foot of page


Nick Halligan

01684 563281

Email nickh2009@btinternet.com, but phone preferred

Ice Bytes Cafe

0844 567 8650

Email ledburytic@gmail.com

Email Nick as above to be notified of any changes of dates etc


* Homend Poets' individual sites, publications news, other poetry sites, pictures, etc., welcome





Liz Johnson




Poems and Pints in South Wales




The Somers Folk Club, Worcester

is a folk night that includes poems from time to time


30 June - 9 July, 2017 Ledbury Poetry Festival www.poetry-festival.co.uk

Ledbury Poetry Festival, The Master' s House, St Katherine's, Bye Street, Ledbury HR8 1EA. Box Office: 01531 636232, boxoffice@poetry-festival.co.uk "The Ledbury Poetry Festival takes place over ten days each July. We are the biggest and best poetry festival in the UK, featuring poets from all over the world. If you think you know what poetry is, come along and we'll surprise you. There are live readings, performances, workshops, open mics, music, exhibitions, films, family events, street events, a slam and much more. This is our eighteenth year - join us for a celebration of poetry in the rural heartland of England."

Some free events, includes our own Homend Poets ...

  • Tuesday 4 July 2017, 6.30pm-8.30pm, Icebytes. Local poets read their own work at this informal poetry and music event. Bring along your own poetry or simply relax and listen during an evening that is guaranteed to be enjoyable.
  • This meeting includes launching the new annual book of poems

Check the website for events including some during the rest of the year.

.............. this will give you some idea of 2018's poetry festival !


From Liz Johnson, composer:

  • A refugee sailor's life: here's a film we made in London featuring the song I sang in November [2016]. Do share the link, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcCBzJoLScE
  • Sat 20 May 2017, 7.30 to 9.45pm, CBSO Centre, Berkley Street, Birmingham B1 2LF. Intricate Web: this exploration of composer Liz Johnson’s chamber music and songs is deeply influenced by poetry, art and the music of Hildegard. The renowned Fitzwilliam Quartet perform Johnson’s third quartet Intricate Web selected by Sir Peter Maxwell Davis for the opening of Kings Place, London. See website for more details

Best wishes,


Liz Johnson composer, www.lizjohnson.co.ukl

This webpage is www.folklife.org.uk/homend-poets.html

Prepared by

Sam, the editor of Folklife Quarterly magazine:

Folklife Quarterly, inc link to online version: www.folklife.org.uk




Our detailed online Directory


WOrcestershire FOLKlife online

A basic Directory of Regular

listing folk clubs, singarounds, music sessions, tune clubs, dance clubs, poetry sessions,

ceilidh series, concert series, storytelling clubs ... all welcome


Our Welsh-language Traditions (bilingual site) is www.bywyd-gwerin.cymru

Archive of dates and themes

  • Tuesday 27 January 2015 ~~ Out with the new, In with the old
  • Tuesday 24 February 2015 ~~ Amateur and Professional
  • Tuesday 31 March 2015~~ Festivals and Celebrations
  • Tuesday 28 April 2015 ~~ Parents
  • Tuesday 26 May 2015 ~~ Character or Characters
  • Tuesday 7 July 2015 ~~ The Ledbury Poetry Festival meeting - includes launching the new annual book of poems

2015 - 2016 season (Sept 2015 to July 2016 Poetry Festival)

  • Tuesday 29 September 2015 ~~ no theme
  • Tuesday 27 October 2015 ~~ Music and Song
  • Tuesday 24 November 2015~~ Happiness
  • Tuesday 15 December 2015 ~~ Lost and Found
  • Tuesday 26 January 2016 ~~ The Elements
  • Tuesday 23 February 2016 ~~ Stars, Masks, & Mouthpieces
  • Tuesday 22 March 2016 (different date due to Easter) ~~ Home and Away
  • Tuesday 26 April 2016~~ Choose a well-known line from a poem to use in your own poem
  • Tuesday 31 May 2016 ~~ Sea and Land
  • Tuesday 5 July 2016 ~~ The Ledbury Poetry Festival meeting - includes launching the new annual book of poems

2016 - 2017 season (Sept 2016 to July 2017 Poetry Festival)

  • Tuesday 27 September 2016 ~~ Roads and Pathways
  • Tuesday 25 October 2016 ~~ Relatives and Relations
  • Tuesday 29 November 2016 ~~ Pets and Animals
  • Tuesday 20 December 2016 ~~ Home and Homelessness
  • Tuesday 31 January 2017 ~~ Dreams and Nightmares
  • Tuesday 28 February 2017 ~~ Gender
  • Tuesday 28 March 2017 ~~ Shadows
  • Tuesday 25 April 2017 ~~ Chance
  • Tuesday 30 May 2017 ~~ Night and Day
  • No meeting in June, as 1st week in July is:
  • Tuesday 4 July 2017 - The Ledbury Poetry Festival evening - includes launching the new annual book of poems
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