Did you know it’s National Poetry Day today? Well, it almost (almost!) passed me by too. With the current lockdown restrictions still disrupting our activities the usual local activities, such as readings in the library, have been unable to take place, so it’s up to us as individuals to celebrate. Perhaps by writing a poem on this year’s theme of ‘Vision’ (it’s not too late!), or seeking out as many poems on the theme as you can. If the theme doesn’t grab you, perhaps revisit some of your old favourite poems and just bring some beautiful poetry into your life today, one way or another.
To start you off, take a look at A Vision by Simon Armitage here
You can visit the National Poetry Day website by clicking here.
Don’t forget – its National Poetry Day on October 3rd so look out for events in your area. Locally, Retford Library are holding an event on the day from 2pm which includes a talk on the poetry of Philip Larkin by local enthusiast Rob White, followed by a poetry cafe. Find out more at: https://www.inspireculture.org.uk/whats-on/events/2019/10/national-poetry-day-retford-library-2019/ Come along – you might meet some of our writers there!
Our writer’s group coordinator Kevin Murphy led the morning Poetry Writing Workshop under the title “Substance over Style” using examples from prolific local poets Pamela Mann and Pete Brammer. Retford was then proud to welcome internationally successful crime writer, Nottingham’s John Harvey to share his latest selection of poetry old and new ‘Out of Silence’.
A selection of Pam and Pete’s poetry is uploaded under the ‘National Poetry Day’ category.