1 August 2013

Calling all budding young poets – Bromsgrove needs you!

BUDDING writers in Bromsgrove could see their work performed by a local poet at the closing event for the summer Street Theatre – or they could read their poem to the crowd themselves.

Young people aged 16 and under are being invited to send in their poems on a theme of “Where I live” to Street Theatre organisers in Bromsgrove District Council’s arts and events team by August 12.

Local poet Lis Berreen, author of ‘Pets Aloud’ and ‘All Creatures Small and Smaller’, will make a selection of entries and the selected authors will be contacted ahead of her comeback appearance at this summer’s final Street Theatre show, which is at the Bromsgrove Recreation Ground on August 14. Street Theatre’s resident poet missed last year’s entire schedule as she recovered from a serious accident.

The poet said: “You don't have to be a brilliant poet. I want poems that come from the heart  They can be funny, sad or just plain wacky. Poems can be in any form or style and they can be as short as you like but no longer than 30 lines.”

The council’s arts development officer, Huw Moseley, added: “We want your poems about your street, your local area, the people or pets in your life or even the things you like to do. Remember, it doesn’t have to rhyme at all. It just has to be your expression of where you live.”

Send poems, including name, age, and parent or guardian's name, email and phone number to h.moseley@bromsgroveandredditch.gov.uk by August 12 to be a part of Street Theatre – or anytime after this date to be a part of the children’s poetry booklet.

Reproduced by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Advertiser