the perfect place for poetry
And that would be Much Wenlock, or so says Carol Ann Duffy, Britain’s Poet Laureate, and the festival’s founding patron. Not only that, Wenlock’s Poetry Festival is one of the best of its kind in the UK. Now into its sixth year, it was the creation of Anna Dreda, owner of the town’s lovely Wenlock Books, and in a few weeks’ time our streets will be teeming with poets and poetry lovers. For three whole days there will be events of all kinds and for all ages and tastes. There poems in shop windows, poetry breakfasts, and readings of their work by some of the best British poets of our time. This year there will be a closing gala event with Dame Carol Ann Duffy, Imtiaz Dharker, Jean Atkin & Little Machine. One of the side-show attractions is always the Poetree on the Church Green. Every year people can break briefly into verse and hang their words on the tree for others to read. Last year the tree was so happy it reciprocated by bursting into bloom. What more can one ask for? You can find out more about events at this year’s Much Wenlock Poetry Festival It takes place all over the town on Friday 24th to Sunday 26th April 2015. And now here’s a poem I found while out window shopping at last year’s festival: Jennifer Nichole Wells One Word Photo Challenge: shamrock #WenlockPoetryFestival
12 thoughts on “The Poetree at Much Wenlock’s Poetry Festival”
I am rather Neanderthal when it comes to poetry and my knowledge doesn’t go much beyond
There was an old man from Nantucket ….
To compensate, the more posts you put up of Much Wenlock increases my desire to come for a visit – and preferably before I need a bath chair, blanket and listening horn.
Our locally reared writer, Mary Webb, writing in the 1920s – called it Rip Van Winkel land. It is a bit like that. Even now. So come and see!
Sounds like many pleasures in store for you. Are you writing something for the poetry tree? Are poems part of your already impressive repertoire?
You’re right, I should write a little something. I don’t write much poetry, although there are a few pieces lying about in my blog. Happy Easter to you 🙂
This looks like such a fun festival. And I love the poetree. Thank you so much for sharing. If only I was closer, I would most definitely attend. Let us all know how it goes.
I’m glad you liked this, Jennifer. And yes I must do a follow up on this year’s activities. Thanks for the prompt.
If a poetry festival is as much fun as a writing festival you are in for a good time. Looks as though spring has sprung with those beautiful blossoms.
Oh I think it will be fun, Irene. If past years are anything to go by, one poet turns up in an old ambulance, and you can go for a consultation and be issued with an emergency poem for whatever ails you. 🙂
Sounds superb, Tish! I can’t think of a happier place to be that weekend 🙂 My husband’s always sniffling and snuffling with something or other so the poet’s ambulance would be the perfect place. 🙂
A poem for the snuffles, now that’s something I could do with too. 🙂