Poetry on Loan has had some very good news - we have received Arts Council England funding that will enable us to continue our work for another two years. This is a tribute to all the hard work put in by West Midlands library staff in putting on poetry events. If I couldn't report to the Arts Council about all the wonderful things going on, I'm sure we wouldn't have got this funding.
Look out soon for news of our next two years' activities. We'll be starting in May, with another poetry competition...
We've been busy recently, with the two biggest events of our current two years - interactive performances by Ian McMillan and Tony Husband, a cartoonist, in Warwickshire and Birmingham. Nueaton Library was almost completely full, and the audience at Birmingham was as full as you would want for an event such as this, and everyone had a thoroughly good time.
Things haven't stopped, though. This month sees Fergus McGonigal at Coventry Central Library, Jonny Fluffypunk's one man show at Hereford Library, Elvis McGonagall and Deb Alma in Stoke, and Di Sherlock in Northfield Library in Birmingham.
As for me - I'm looking forward to doing some research for a WW1 project. It means re-reading a lot of World War 1 poetry, so I know I'm in for some powerful stuff. How about you? Read any good poems lately?