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Bert Flitcroft in library
Staffordshire Poet Laureate Bert Flitcroft in Stafford Library.

Opportunity to attend launch of Staffordshire poetry collection

People are being invited to the launch of the county’s first poetry collection as part of celebrations for National Poetry Day.

The event, on Thursday 28 September at Stafford library in Staffordshire Place, will showcase the best of modern and contemporary Staffordshire poetry, including readings of some of the poems.  During the evening people will also get to welcome the new Young Poet Laureate Rebecca Lockwood and the new Staffordshire Poet laureate being announced on the night.

Fifty poems, chosen from over 140 entries are featured in the collection which together form a diverse and unique picture of Staffordshire in words.  People’s favourite places to visit, memories and thoughts are amongst the themes.

Outgoing Staffordshire Poet Laureate, Bert Flitcroft who worked with Staffordshire County Council’s library and arts service to pull the collection together said:

“’I’m absolutely delighted with the collection, which I feel illustrates the diverse nature of our County and proves that poetry is alive and kicking in Staffordshire.

“I do hope that the poems reach out to as many people as possible and I’m delighted that they are all now online with an audio option enabling everyone to be able to read, listen and explore them.”

Gill Heath, Library Chief at Staffordshire county council said:

“We’re very excited about the launch of our first ever Staffordshire Poetry collection and I would like to thank everyone who submitted a poem.

“Not only will the collection help promote our wonderful county, but it’s a great way of boosting a wider appreciation of poetry and creative writing too.  After all, we’re Staffordshire, the creative county and the collection gives us a unique blend of contemporary poems which is as diverse as the county itself.”

The Staffordshire Poetry Collection can be viewed at https://staffordshirepoetlaureate.wordpress.com/staffordshirepoetrycollection.

Booking for the launch is essential and can be done by emailing sue.ball@staffordshire.gov.uk.  The event starts at 7pm.