Many people say they don’t like poetry. Perhaps, though, there’s a poem for every person and for every occasion.
In December 2016, former Young Poet Laureate for Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent, Matilda Houston-Brown was invited to be a speaker at the TEDx Stoke event at The City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form college. Matilda spoke on the poetry on the buses, as well as how important poetry is in everyday life.
Matilda’s talk went up on YouTube last week. You can see what she had to say here:
Matilda Houston-Brown was Stoke and North Staffordshire Young Poet Laureate for 2015-16. At the time of her appointment, being 14, she was the youngest ever Young Poet Laureate in the U.K. Her time in this post culminated with an initiative which saw young people’s poems being displayed on buses which run between Stoke and Staffordshire Moorlands. Matilda speaks with passion about this initiative and the importance of poetry in all of our lives.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more here.
More on Matilda’s Laureateship here.
More on one of Matilda’s recent commissions in Staffordshire here.