During lockdown early in 2020 Poet Laureate for the City of Wolverhampton, Emma, and her Dad, Brad Purshouse, created a book of pictures and poems. Brad took photographs on his daily exercise walks around Bantock Park, and Emma created examples of Japanese style tanka poems to go with each one. “It was a great way of keeping connected with each
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I was asked to write a poem from luggage tags left in the exhibition space at Wolverhampton Art Gallery for the ‘Coming Home’ and ‘Wolverhampton and Me’ exhibitions. The idea was for people to write down their thoughts about what home meant to them, so that I could then create a poem from them. I also went out into schools
The latest poem I’ve been working on as part of my 52 about the city of Wolverhampton is set in Whitmore Reans. I had a great day going out and about nattering to folk about their area. Saima was my guide and we went to Gatis Street, ACCI, Gloucester Street, TLC, a mosque, and to meet a smashing family down
The Wolverhampton Literature Festival was a great weekend. I MCd the slam with Dave Pitt and Steve Pottinger, we ran a fringe room, a writers hub, as well as bring in our regular night from Walsall for its yearly sojourn to Wolverhampton. I also got to see The Antipoet and Martin Figura. In my role as Poet Laureate for the
2018 was the centenary of the speech given by David LLoyd George about creating a county fit for heroes. The speech was given at the Grand Theatre in Wolverhampton. Here’s a link to an online article in the Express and Star. https://www.expressandstar.com/news/politics/2018/11/23/a-fit-country-for-heroes-100-years-since-lloyd-georges-legendary-wolverhampton-speech/ Wolverhampton Homes got in touch to see if I’d be interested in writing a poem connecting to this.
I was delighted to be asked to take on this honorary role for the City that I love. I can’t wait to get started writing poems. I’ve put out a call on social media for suggestions for subjects that I should tackle during the two year laureateship, and I’m looking forward to seeing what people suggest. I’m also hoping to