JABBERLEDBURY presents Lewis Carroll's poem 'Jabberwocky' read by 28 poets taking part in the Ledbury Poetry Festival 2009. Filmed at numerous sound checks by publisher-in-residence Neil Astley of Bloodaxe Books over the course of the ten-day festival in July 2009, JABBERLEDBURY has the poem read four times with seven (or more) poets reading a verse each (Jabbers 1-4), followed by a composite version (Jabber 5) with 28 poets reading a line each, and finally (Jabber 6) John Hartley Williams's solo performance of the whole poem. Taking part are (in order of appearance): Marcus Moore & Sara-Jane Arbury; (1) Roger McGough, Sara-Jane Arbury, B. Catling, Fred D'Aguiar, August Kleinzahler, John Hartley Willliams & Ruth Padel; (2) Alice Oswald, Peter Oswald, Eva Salzman, Chase Twichell, Susan Wicks, Stephen Romer & Michael Horovitz; (3) Daljit Nagra, Phillis Levin, Paul Batchelor, Frances Leviston, Kathryn Simmonds, Glyn Maxwell, Ben Okri & Marcus Moore; and (4) Patience Agbabi, Adam Foulds, Philip Wells, Paul Farley, Vona Groarke, Rhian Edwards, Hugo Williams & Benjamin Zephaniah. In the separate Ledbury film NEAR VORPAL (vimeo.com/5912432), B. Catling reads his poem 'Near Vorpal' which uses the invented language of 'Jabberwocky' in a First World War setting.

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