Lo­cal life in spot­light on poetry day

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - News -

A BUDDLEIA bush bloom­ing in Glouces­ter and a love af­fair in Corn­wall are among 12 dis­tinctly re­gional images con­jured up by a se­lec­tion of po­ems pub­lished to cel­e­brate Na­tional Poetry Day.

Po­ets from the dozen BBC broad­cast re­gions sub­mit­ted works in­spired by lo­cal life and scenery to the cor­po­ra­tion’s Lo­cal Po­ets ini­tia­tive, with one be­ing cho­sen from each area.

One poem from the col­lec­tion, which in­cludes ef­forts from the Young Poet Lau­re­ate for Lon­don, Mom­taza Mehri, Portsmouth’s Abi­gail Parry and Cam­bridgeshire’s John Clegg, will be broad­cast on each of the BBC’s re­gional sta­tions on Thurs­day.

This year’s theme, Change, led am­a­teur and pro­fes­sional po­ets to pen po­ems about trees slung with train­ers in Brighton and the dis­ap­pear­ance of the Ge­ordie word “muckle”, which means freak­ishly large.

Other po­ems from the col­lec­tion de­pict the Manch­ester sky­line, seal pups in north Lin­colnshire and the num­ber 98 bus in Lon­don.

The day has in pre­vi­ous years seen fa­mous names such as JK Rowl­ing and Sir Paul McCart­ney share po­ems on so­cial me­dia.

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