We've been beavering away in Poetry on Loan. We have chosen the ten books that will go in our next recommended books list, and written a little paragraph about each one, and it's all now with the designer. Some time during June, thousands of copies of our recommended books leaflet will be in libraries throughout the West Midlands. Each of the books has been personally selected by library staff - look out for them in your library, and if you can't find them, why not order them? They are all worth reading; my person favourite is Pink mist, by Owen Sheers.
We've also been getting ready for our first ever poetry competition. This will be open to anyone living or working in the West Midlands, and will be free to enter. Full details of the theme,maximum length and rules will be available in June. You'll see posters advertising it in your local library. We're hoping for lots of entries, and it's worth a go, because the prize is a paid performance at the amazing Library of Birmingham!
As well as the recommended books and competition, we've run a training course for library staff and poets. This went down very well; I think all the participants had a good time and got some good ideas.
And I've submitted our interim report for the Arts Council. It takes a long time to prepare these reports, but it's quite rewarding to look back on the year and see how much we've achieved - and we've still got another year to go.
Recently, there have been walking workshops in Dudley with Roy McFarlane; I wish I could have attended these because they sound terrific. And Coventry have had lots going on! I think everyone's taking a little breather now - we have only a few events running in May. If you're anywhere near Bilston Library, look out for Funny women on May 21st.
And don't forget to check the website again in June for details of the poetry competition!