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Recent poetry events - Coventry

Celebrating with Spoz at Jubilee Crescent and Coundon libraries

Well-known Birmingham poet Spoz visited Jubilee Crescent and Coundon libraries on 8th October, performing and writing poems for library visitors, and generally providing poetic entertainment. He also wrote a poem for Coundon library's 70th birthday:

Coundon is seventy

Coundon library hits seventy today
A triumph in the face of adversity
It's more than just books
It's a community hub
A mainstay of life's university

Where cultures and characters dare to dream
Where young minds blossom and grow
Recycled from army barracks
Where knowledge is stacked row by row
So raise a "Huzzah!" to this marvellous place
From January through to December
Make use of the treasures upon these shelves
And don't forget to sign up as a member!

Spoz, 8th October 2019

And in Bell Green library...

Spoz was in Bell Green library too, in September. Here's the poem he wrote for the occasion:

Bell Green

The sun always shines on Bell Green,
Just like it’s doing today,
The library is like a Mars bar,
It helps you work, rest and play.

Books to read and colour too,
That will feed the heart and mind,
Escape to another universe
With the treasures you might find.

A kaleidoscope of colour
On a calendar’s rainbow pages
A therapeutic exercise
That can sometimes take you ages.

There are one hundred and one great characters,
Good folk like me and you,
If truth be told, there are hearts of gold,
In the wonderful CV2

Spoz, 14th Sept 2019


Getting crafty at Bell Green library

There was a treat for members of Bell Green library's craft group, when poet Amy Rainbow worked with them in July. Amy performed some poems, and helped the group to creat their own poem. The librarian said, "The session was very well appreciated by the audience who were mainly the library’s craft group and some students doing an English course with Adult Education. Amy was very engaging and helpful so that even the less confident members of the audience were able to participate in making the group poem. The members of the craft group all gave a positive assessment of the session. Having an event to look forward to and take part in helped the bonding of the group, and the Adult Education Students also enjoyed themselves and the session turned out to be an end-of-term “treat” for them."

Here's the poem:

Our Library

by Amy Rainbow and Bell Green library users

I’m a wife, a mum of many
I’m retired, a volunteer
I knit and read, I’m talented
I’m happy when I’m here
I’m a carer, a great-grandmother
I live a life that’s full
I’m African, I’m English
So what’s the library’s pull?

I love the peace and quiet
Love to read and meet new folk
Surf the net and feel less lonely
Practise crafts and share a joke
I like to help the public
I love to share my skills
It’s calm and safe and welcoming
My work here pays the bills

The best thing is it’s all for free
It’s friendly and it’s clean
I love the classes I can join
The staff are never mean
The atmosphere is wonderful
The transport links are great
The staff help sort my problems
And sometimes we have cake

There’s nothing that could be improved
Although we’d like more staff
And private rooms for little groups
Where we can chat and laugh
It should be open every day
Have books which are more recent
More study sessions for us please
A play area that’s decent

Do come and use your library
Love, read and join some groups
Explore the shelves and socialise
Put crafting skills to use
Gain confidence, enjoy yourself
It’s not just about books
A world of inspiration waits
So come and have a look


Autumn pop-ups

Following the success of the pop-up poetry event in February, Coventry have done it again - this time with Michael Thomas accompanying Jonny Fluffypunk. Poems were written that made people laugh; others made them cry - all the emotions of autumn captured in an instant poem.


Love, Coventry

Coventry Central Library can be a busy place on a Saturday, and  ideal for not just one but two pop-up poets - especially because this was the day before Valentine's day, and Jonny Fluffypunk and Amy Rainbow were writing poems on the spot for people to give to their loved ones. The librarian there said, "Once people started approaching Jonny and Amy they remained busy for the rest of the session even having to stop taking on new requests so that they could complete the poems before the end of the session. It was a pleasure to have them and for us to have a Library poem which all staff will get to read. "

Amy put together a poem about Coventry library using comments from visitors. Here it is:

Our Library

We always come to the library
A place of gathering knowledge
A place of gathering people
A place to meet authors
A meeting of words.

In The Library
There are no expectations except community;
It's somewhere we can always go
Full of peace and quiet
and computers and inspiration and books.

The Library.
It's a calm place. A good place to bring kids.
A place to search for recommended reads.

Library, you are full of knowledge
You are friendly, inviting and warm
You are our place to learn new things

Library, you are full of the world

Poem by Coventry Central Library users, collated by Amy Rainbow 13 February 2016


Football and - poetry?

A dedicated and enthusiastic group of football supporters met in Coventry Library on 4th October 2014 to celebrate... poetry! Led by Crispin Thomas, who read a selection of football poems, they thought about the poetry of their favourite game. Everyone contributed one line to their very own football poem:

Football In Our Life ..in one-liners

What does our football mean to us
here in this library?
I read you all my poems
you wrote one here with me...
we did it in one-liners;
we racked our brains and senses
just like when I was still a child  
and we'd play 'Consequences'.
You shared your thoughts and here they are -
we shaped them on the day;
I scribbled as you called them out
and this is what you say:

a sport that's shared with thousands 
it's just a way of life  
and football is friendship
no matter who you like

it's millions of all ages
and joy sprinting over fields 
it's never ending drama 
no matter how you feel

a lifetime filled with highs and lows
a drug that thousands share
passion fun emotion
and it's played everywhere

some find to get away from wives
it is the place to go
it's got way too expensive
and violence is a NO

some go for the excitement
the buzz is really great
it's ninety minutes to forget
your worries and escape

it's passed through generations 
from fan to fan to fan
a place where some still misbehave
because they know they can

but most of all with football
the reason we all try 
is win or lose ..or vegetarian
you can't go wrong with a pie!