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Taking the plunge Alison Manning

Last year I longed
To swim out in the sea,
Each splash and stroke

Would feel so very free
To me,
Yet it was not to be.

Taking the plunge is one of the poems shortlisted in the 2021 Poetry on Loan poetry competition. 

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Poetry on Loan promotes contemporary poetry through public libraries in the West Midlands
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We supply poets for events, support Poet Laureate and Young Poet Laureate schemes, provide promotional material, run training sessions
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Our meetings include representatives from each library authority in the West Midlands region - everyone is involved, from the huge Birmingham Libraries to tiny Telford and Wrekin.
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And the winner is...

Poetry on Loan poetry competition winners announced!

Find a poetry event near you

10 December 2021
City Central Library, Stoke
Kuli Kohli at Foleshill library
13 December 2021
Foleshill library