Poetry Happening Near You

In full swing

October is the busiest month...

Well, it's all happening at Poetry on Loan!

We have announced the winners of our 2015 poetry competition - Peter Hill in the adults' section, and Millie Gould in the juniors'. We had 144 entries - far more than last year - and the standard was really high. There were almost fist fights as the judges tried to reach their decisions. We'll be putting some of the near winners' poems up on the front page of the website over the next year or so...

...although these will be interspersed with our postcard poems. The postcards are being delivered as I type, to libraries all over the West Midlands. Call in at your local branch and collect a set of 8. The chosen poems, all on the theme Come with me..., have been made even more beautiful by our photographer / designer, Gregory Fisk, who has provided some fantastic images. Have a look at the posters, too.

The postcards will be launched with a Birmingham Literature Festival event on October 10th, 5:00 - 6:15, in The Door, part of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Five of the postcard poets will be performing, together with our two compeition winners - seven poets for the price of one!

Alread this month we have had appearances by Hilda Sheehan, workshops with knitting groups given by Spoz and Emma Purshouse, pop-up poetry in Sandwell, and work with older people by Mandy Ross and Jean Atkin. Highlights of the onth will include two performances by Ash Dickinson, who has to be heard to be believed (Stoke, 16th October; Walsall, 17th October), and Imtiaz Dharker in Kenilworth library on 29th October. But there is much more going on!

In more quiet moments, I've been reading The Nailmakers' Daughters, with poems by Emma Purshouse (one of PoL's favourite poets), Iris Rhodes and Marian Cockin. All three poets have their roots in the Black Country, and some of the poems are in local dialect. Now, I'm not a great fan of dialect poetry, but I found plenty to enjoy in this book.

Now back to the October poetry fenzy!