The First World War produced arguably the best and most remembered ‘war poetry’ written in English. Across the nation, knitting was important, with socks, mitts, and other comforts sent to the soldiers at the Front.

The WW1 Poetry and Knitting project challenged residents and local knitting and craft groups to knit, crochet, craft or patchwork pieces inspired by or containing text from famous poems of the era or from any of the new commemoration poems being written by residents over the summer.

The finished pieces were displayed at Bournemouth Library throughout August as part of the WW1 commemoration exhibitions, and also recently went back on display in November to help mark Remembrance Day.

Personally I would like to thank everyone who contributed – those individuals who sent in pieces and all the groups I visited as Poet Laureate with the project. Thanks so much for contributing to these WW1 commemorations. It was a wonderful exhibition.

You can see some of the finished pieces below.