Staffordshire is a beautiful and diverse county, and this diversity is part of its appeal. We have the engine of the potteries in the north, areas of natural beauty such as Cannock Chase and The Moorlands, provincial towns each with a rich history, and in between the county is criss-crossed with country roads, lanes and … More The Staffordshire Poetry Collection
Former Staffordshire Poet Laureate and current Poet in Residence at Lichfield Library, Emily Rose Galvin, has kindly provided her collection of commissioned poems during her tenure as Poet Laureate 2017-19 which are now available to read online: Emily Rose Galvin
New Poet Laureates for Staffordshire were announced last night at a special poetry evening to celebrate #NationalPoetryDay Mel Woodend from Stafford is the new Staffordshire Poet Laureate while Ollie Hulme aged 17 from Weston Coney takes up the role of Young Poet Laureate. Hear what they have to say here (YouTube video) Mel said: I am … More New Poet Laureates Announced!
Staffordshire Libraries and Arts Service are looking to appoint the next Staffordshire Poet Laureate. This is a two-year tenure, which offers an opportunity to develop the role and bring new ideas for raising the profile of poetry within Staffordshire through poetry performance and commissions. For further information on Staffordshire Poets Laureate, past and present, browse … More Opportunity to be the next Poet Laureate for Staffordshire
Would you like to become the next young Staffordshire Poet Laureate? Staffordshire libraries and arts service is looking to appoint a new Staffordshire young poet laureate. This one year tenure offers an opportunity to continue the work of our current young poet laureate and bring new ideas for raising the profile of poetry amongst children … More Search for the next Young Poet Laureate
In response to #worldbooknight earlier this week, read Lily’s new poem; Underneath the Cover Tentacles twitch from under book covers. Girls climb out of chapter three, unaware of Their own legends. Manuscript parchment flutters in an indoor Breeze, brisk from paragraph breaks. Like glass it is transparently opaque: A story unwise of its ending… Only … More Underneath the Cover
A poem for World Book Day by Lily Massey, Staffordshire Young Poet Laureate Open my cover, delve inside Many a surprise awaits wandering eyes Warming to words, intrigued by story Take a breath, imagination run free Join me on a journey To lands as splendourful as rainbow barriers Fuzzing into each other, mingling colours on … More Journey of a Lifetime
The Staffordshire Poetry Collection and Photo exhibition continues to tour, now in the North of Staffordshire. The display will be at Stoke City Central Library, Hanley until 9 April.
If you are passionate about poetry, aged between 14 – 18 years old and live, attend school or college in Staffordshire, then we would love to hear from you. Application is now open for young people to apply – please find below the guidelines and application form to download. Application Form 2018-19 Young Poet Laureate … More Opportunity to be the next Staffordshire Young Poet Laureate 2018/19
Would you like to be part of an exhibition inspired by Staffordshire & the poems in the county’s collection? The recent launch of the Staffordshire Poetry Collection was complemented by an exhibition of photographs, displayed alongside the poems that inspired them, by photographer & poet Dawn Jutton. The exhibition toured to Stafford libraries. As a … More Calling local photographers!