Places of Poetry is open to all readers and writers. It aims to use creative writing to prompt reflection on national and cultural identities in England and Wales, celebrating the diversity, heritage and character of place. Writers are invited to pin their poem onto a new digital map. Users can go online and pin a poem onto their town, even their street or somewhere that means something to them. Themes are places, identity and heritage. There will be a Poem of the Day featured on the Places of Poetry Facebook page.
The site is open from 31st May to 4 October 2019. It will then be closed for new poems but will remain available for readers. We welcome writers of all ages and backgrounds. We want to gather as many perspectives on the places and histories of England and Wales. Do read the rules before pinning your poem – all poems will be read by the POP team.
Events and activities will be staged at our heritage partner sites across England and Wales to promote the project and generate new writing. Each site will host a Places of Poetry poet-in-residence, and we will promote and document all events on our website and via social media (@placesofpoetry). Please follow us and help us spread the word.
The Places of Poetry is led by the poet Paul Farley and the academic Andrew McRae. It is based at the universities of Exeter and Lancaster, and generously funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, The Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England. It is underpinned by national partnerships with the Ordnance Survey, The Poetry Society, and National Poetry Day.
4 October 2019 4:59 pm