Lovely to attend Bournemouth Library’s Carol Service this morning and read a new poem ‘The Carol Singers.’ A lovely event with readings and singing – including babies wriggling and rhyming – and wonderful performances from St. James’ Primary School Choir, with The Mayor in attendance. Just the ticket this festive time of year!








The Carol Singers

Then all at once we hear their voices ringing
Somewhere out there in the dark, like church bells
Blown by some new wind to set them singing
In our minds: falling snow and Christmas smells,
Stamp of hooves, and snorts, and harness jingling,
With taste of mince pies and mulled wine mingling,
And peace and goodwill and ‘all will be well’s:
A two thousand year old story that still tells
Of something ancient again beginning,
‘Til suddenly what was outside now is in,
And everyone is singing, heart and soul,
Becoming a part of all that’s been heard,
As if only for this time, this place, the whole
World is singing the same song with one word.


James Manlow
Poet Laureate for Bournemouth

Written for Bournemouth’s Christmas celebrations 2014