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Recent poetry events - Worcestershire

'Platform' has arrived at Pershore Library

Open mic nights for 12 – 19 year olds are being held in Pershore Library on the first Tuesday of every month at 7pm.

Budding poets, rappers, aspiring singers and songwriters are all invited to come along to the new Platform open mic nights set up specifically for young people keen to perform and experiment in front of an audience. 

Each month performers will respond to a theme connecting with National Trust Croome through their poetry, lyrics and music. And new talent will share centre stage with established and up and coming Midlands based poets and performers.

There's also the opportunity to join a free master class with Spoz, top poet and musician, on the same day at 5pm in the library.

No booking is needed.  Anyone wanting to take part can turn up on the night and sign up to one of the open mic slots, and it's completely free!  Not everyone has to perform to take part.  All ages are welcome to support.

Councillor Lucy Hodgson, cabinet member for localism and communities said: "It's great to be working in partnership with National Trust Croome on another really valuable project.  Platform open mic nights are a great opportunity for enthusiastic young people to not only showcase their talent but also to be inspired by other experienced and up and coming artists.  I am sure everyone involved will have a lot of fun!".

Rachel Sharpe, Local Partnerships Officer National Trust Croome said: "Platform is a wonderful way to share Croome with a new audience. As a National Trust inspired project, funded by Trust New Art, we will be inviting performers to learn about areas of our work and history to create poems, stories and music inspired by Croome. This is a unique way to share our work and find out what interests people in our stories. Working with young artists is central to our work here at Croome being the site of Capability Brown and Robert Adams first commission, it feels fitting that we are working with young poets, musicians and storytellers to continue this tradition".

Launch night, on 2nd February, featured Chloe Clarke, Worcestershire's 2015 Young Poet Laureate alongside Birmingham based poet Polarbear.  On Tuesday 1 March Jasmine Gardosi joins our new Worcestershire Young Poet Laureate, Ellie Courtman, and on 5 April Leon Priestnall and Lauren Williams are booked to perform.

Platform is a new project organised by Worcestershire County Council's Libraries, Learning and Arts Service in partnership with National Trust Croome.  Nigel Clarke from Dodgy is the patron.  The project is supported by Arts Council England through Trust New Art, the National Trust's contemporary arts programme.

For more information contact Natalie McVey nmcvey@worcestershire.gov.uk  


Poetry at the Mistletoe Fair

Crowds attending Tenbury Wells' Mistletoe Fair, at the end of November, were entertained by poetry performances on the street and all around the town. Jonny Fluffypunk did a grand job, running workshops before the event to recruit younger and older people, and his little band certainly showed what they could do. This could become a regular feature of the Fair...