A number of young poets who have appeared at Ledbury Poetry Festival are now making their mark nationally.

Caroline Bird, who was snapped up by leading poetry publisher Carcanet, has picked up an Eric Gregory Award of £5,000, for being one of the most promising poets under 30 in the UK. She gave an inspired reading in the Burgage Hall at the 2002 festival, when she was just 15.

A £5,000 Eric Gregory Award also goes to Jacob Polley, who won the Ledbury Poetry Festival competition in 2001.

Caleb Klaces, who won the Ledbury Young Poet of the Year Award in 2002, has just won a Young Poets of the Year Award from the Poetry Society. He will study alongside leading contemporary poets at the Arvon Foundation centre at in West Yorkshire.

Jo Kingham, chairman of the Friends of the Ledbury Poetry Festival said: "It just goes to show that we continue to attract the very best in young talent."