We are extremely excited to be launching the county’s first poetry collection next week as part of celebrations for National Poetry Day.
The event, on Thursday 28 September at Stafford library will celebrate some of the best of Staffordshire’s poetry around today. During the evening people will also get to welcome the new Young Poet Laureate Rebecca Lockwood and the new Staffordshire Poet laureate being announced on the night.
Fifty poems, chosen from over 140 entries are featured in the collection which together form a diverse and unique picture of Staffordshire in words. People’s favourite places to visit, memories and thoughts are amongst the themes.
Staffordshire Poet Laureate, Bert Flitcroft who worked with Staffordshire County Council’s library and arts service to pull the collection together said: “’I’m absolutely delighted with the collection, which I feel illustrates the diverse nature of our County and proves that poetry is alive and kicking in Staffordshire.”
I am delighted to be included in the Staffordshire Poetry Collection, especially amongst such a group of talented and friendly poets. The sheer range of landscapes, people and accents in Staffordshire never ceases to amaze me, and helps keep the wheels of inspiration oiled. Can’t wait for the next collection! – Phil Binding
I’m old; born in 1934 but I enjoy life enormously. I paint, garden and write. Poetry appeals to me because it can say so much in a few words and almost every word seems to hold power. I wrote my poem after standing in my local oatcake shop, watching oatcakes being made. Oatcakes are a staple in the diet of Potteries’ people. – Mary Bennett
Booking for the launch is essential, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. The event starts at 7pm.