The Poetree at Much Wenlock’s Poetry Festival

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 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? IMG_1050 IMG_1042 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: IMG_1026 Jennifer Nichole Wells One Word Photo Challenge: shamrock   #WenlockPoetryFestival

12 thoughts on “The Poetree at Much Wenlock’s Poetry Festival

  1. 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.
    Smashing post.
    😉

    1. 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. 🙂

  2. 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. 🙂

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