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20th anniversary!

Poetry on Loan celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2019

Poetry on Loan has been going for 20 years. Those intrepid library staff who kicked it all off, all that time ago, would probably never have dreamt that what they were starting would last this long, especially in a time of constant upheaval - in libraries as elsewhere.

But thanks to the dedication and hard work of library staff throughout the West Midlands region, Poetry on Loan continues to spread poetry everywhere we can, with live performances, workshops, poetry on demand, competitions, poetry postcards, recommneded poetry book lealfets, training sessions...

You will soon see our anniversary logo appear on the website and on printed material, but our main celebration actitvity is to commission all the Poet Laureates and Young Poet Laureates in the region to write new poems for us. PoL has supported Poet Laureates and Young Poet Laureates for a long time, so it seemed appropriate to ask them to take part in our celebrations. In spring, you'll see posters in the libraries displaying the new poems - look out for them!