Staffordshire Poetry Collection

Introduction by Staffordshire Poet Laureate 2015-2017, Bert Flitcroft 

In 2016 Staffordshire County Council’s Libraries & Arts Service took the decision to develop the Staffordshire Poetry Collection. Our aim has been to create a picture of the county in words, to capture its diversity and in so doing help to create a cultural identity and awareness for the county as a whole… (Read full introduction here)

We are delighted to be able to share the Official Staffordshire Poetry Collection, which consists of 50 poems online. Click on the links below to explore the collection:


A Field in Hammerwich – Sarah Dale

A Lichfield Claim to Fame – Heather Fowler

A Man of Letters – John Lindley

A Trick of Perspective – Gary Carr

Alrewas – Bert Flitcroft

Between the Bridges, Whittington – Marjorie Neilson

Beyond the Roaches – Roger Hill

BURSLEM – Alex Mazey

Burton – Roz Bruce

Cannock Chase – Claire Howland

Clarice – Keith Chandler

CLAYHEADS – Nick Degg

Doxey Marshes – Dawn Jutton

Dr Johnson – Jane Seabourne

Euphony – Bo Crowder

Fauld – Phil Binding

Flash – Gary Longden

From ‘Shugborough Eclogues’ – Grevel Lindop

Gladstone Pottery Museum – Malcolm McMinn

Glebe Street, Stoke – Matilda Houston-Brown

Harecastle – Emma Purshouse

Hard Water – Jean Sprackland

Lichfield (Cinq Cinquaine) – The Lichfield Poets

Lion of the Library  Matilda Houston-Brown

Lud – David Calcutt

Manifesto Tamworth – Mal Dewhirst

Mountfords John Mills

November Meeting – Gary Longden

Ode to Hednesford – Janice Taylor

ON RED HILL – Peter Branson

Perton’s Living Fields – Maggie Storer

Pouring Oatcakes – Mary Bennett

Rousseau in Staffordshire – Michael Hulse

Sam Hall, Drystone-Waller – Roger Elkin

Sparks – Tom Wyre

Staffordshire Drift – Mal Dewhirst

Staffordshire Not – Bob Hale

Statue at The National Memorial Arboretum – Bert Flitcroft

Testing the Wind – Val Thompson

The 101June Palmer

The Birdman of Goldenhill – Noel Connor

The Hoarder – Simon Fletcher

The King of Gentleshaw Common – Maria Whatton

The Perfect Green – Lizzie Prudence

The Rising Brook – Steph Spiers

The Roaches – Sheena Barnes

This Place – Bert Flitcroft

Three Horses – Oliver Leech

Tixall Wide – Jo Bell

Watershed at Maer – John Statham

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