by Mal Dewhirst
Here between the moors,
these Mercian moors
where Tame and Anker meet,
build me a bridge, a Lady Bridge
then guard it so that only I might cross.
Build me a mound, a castled mound,
where I might live and watch for dust.
Tell the marauding pillagers,
their boats and horses,
their swords, their arrows, their angry flames
are not welcome here, they have no worth on these Tame
Then Build me the M42 – let them use it to make their
I shall settle my presence out of the ashes of Offa,
my pearl eyes and golden ears
watch and hear the breezes on the moor,
pitched high and clear,
perfectly placed, to keep this dominion free.
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Mal Dewhirst is a poet, scriptwriter and film maker who lives in Tamworth. He was the first Staffordshire Poet Laureate in 2012. His commissions have included developing the Polesworth Poets Trail, writing plays and poems for the towns of Tamworth, Lichfield, Stafford and Nuneaton. His work has been used in art galleries and exhibitions as he likes to collaborate with other artists. His plays have been performed around the UK and his films at International Film Festivals and his poems published in anthologies and magazines. He won the John Walmsley Award for his Refugee play Mausoleum in 2016. Mal works with communities to deliver unique projects in the arts, heritage, health and the environment exploring social issues through the interpretation of places.
Mal is Artistic Director of Fired Up Theatre, Project Director of MD Creative and a Director of the community development company Simply ABCD.