The theme for National Poetry Day this year is ‘remember’. What is the poem that you carry around in your head? Tag any line or link you like with #thinkofapoem to join in the poetry celebration, and your research will go to help the Poetry and Memory Project.
Memory of course is so important for continuing to live a full and varied life as we get older. Yesterday was Full of Life Day and I had a great time reading poems with a lovely group of Castlepoint coffee-morners.
Next up for me is ‘The Trench Composers’, Monday 6th Oct, 7.30pm St Peter’s Church – an Arts by the Sea Festival event. Joined by fellow poets Anne Peterson and Bob Hill, I’ll be reading poems from the First World War poets during an atmospheric evening of haunting and poignant music from composers who fought in the trenches, performed by Jack Maguire Ensemble. Tickets available here.
On Tues 7th, I’ll be reading at Poetry Corner with Steve Biddle, Poet in Residence at the Hotel Miramar, as part of the Bournemouth Emerging Art Fringe, and on Wed 6th I’m looking forward to attending the opening of John Foster’s new play ‘Shot at Dawn’ by Doppleganger Productions.
Speaking of Fringe events, the Bournemouth Triangle BIG POEM is now underway, launched recently at the Mad Cucumber Lounge. Thanks to all who have added lines so far. Add your own lines to this big community poem here.
Two new poems from me today- First Sight and If I Were the Mayor.
17 poems from Bournemouth poets and local residents, including one from me, on September’s theme of ‘Age’.
Taking our cue from National Poetry Day, next month’s theme will be ‘memories’.
Send your poems here.
Launched today – Poet Profile Pages – a great opportunity for all Bournemouth poets whether known for written work, spoken word or performance, to showcase themselves. Click here for details.
So happy National Poetry Day everyone!
If I close my eyes and try to remember a poem, some of the lines that come back to me are from the last stanza of Yeats’ ‘When You Are Old’. I’ll post them in the comment box here. Feel free to join me by clicking comment and posting your lines in the box, or better still tweet or post them yourselves remembering to include the hashtag.
May poetry inspire and comfort you today and everyday.