Local life in spotlight on poetry day
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.