On Saturday 2nd September the final selection process for our next Young Poet Laureate was held and we are delighted to announce that the new Young Poet Laureate for Staffordshire is Rebecca Lockwood from Cannock Chase High School. Rebecca impressed the judges with both her poetry and her presentation. The judges were Bert Flitcroft, current … More New Young Poet Laureate for Staffordshire
Free Creative Writing & Poetry Workshops this August Brampton Museum, Newcastle U Lyme, has teamed up with Staffordshire Poet Laureate, Bert Flitcroft for the first time. Running alongside their current exhibition; Maps – A Plotted History, participants will use maps and the museum’s collection as inspiration for creative writing and creating new prose/poetry with Bert. Workshops … More Brampton Museum Poetry Days
Poetry on Loan Competition Write a poem of no more than 20 lines on the theme of Onwards, Upwards, Freedom! Free to enter for people in the West Midlands. Two categories: 11-18 year olds, and over 18s. Win a paid performance in a West Midlands library (adults) or a book token (under 19s). See the … More Poetry Competition
Staffordshire poets are invited to put themselves forward for the roles of Staffordshire Poet Laureate and Staffordshire Young Poet Laureate. The Staffordshire Poet Laureate is a two year position open to adults aged 18 plus, while the Staffordshire Young Poet Laureate is open to teens aged 14 to 18 and is a one year position. … More Could you be the next Poet Laureate?
Staffordshire Libraries and Arts Service are now looking for the next Young Poet Laureate. For one year the service offers young poets an opportunity to develop the role and bring new ideas for raising the profile of poetry within Staffordshire through performance and commissions. If you are 14-18 years old, enjoy writing poetry and live, work or study … More Calling all budding young poets!
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
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 … More TEDx Talk from former Young Staffordshire Poet Laureate
The submission deadline for the Staffordshire Snap Competition has been extended to the 25th of February. Shortlisted finalists will be notified by email (date TBC), whether they have been shortlisted, they will then invited to perform the poem sometime in mid March at the final at King Edwards VI School Lichfield. More details to follow soon. In … More UPDATE! Staffordshire Snap: Poetry and Photography Competition Deadline Extended!
Journey Soon by last year’s Young poet Laureate, Matilda Houston-Brown, was commissioned as part of South Staffordshire & Shropshire NHS Trust Arts For Health’s tenth birthday celebrations. Read Matilda’s Poem here: Journey Soon Behind- You leave me at the doorstop Within the windows Behind In my own cocoon of cushions & blankets electric lights … More Former Young Poet Laureate commission for Arts for Health
Shire Hall Gallery has created a space on the upstairs balcony specifically for the Staffordshire Poetry Collection. The public are encouraged to go and use the space as they see fit, whether they simply wish to read the poetry there, add their own, or even just sit down for some quiet reflection. It is your … More Poetry space open to the public at Shire Hall Gallery