Places of Poetry is open to all writers who would like to pin their poem to our new digital map. (www.placesofpoetry.org.uk) You can zoom right into the street where you live or pin a poem to a place that has significance to you.
The project 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. Themes are place, identity and heritage. Do please read the rules – all poems will be read by one of the POP team. A Poem of the Day will be featured on our Facebook page.
The website is open for writers to pin their poems from 31st May to 4 October 2019. It will then be closed for new poems but will remain available for readers. 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.
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 National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England. It is underpinned by national partnerships with the Ordnance Survey, The Poetry Society, and National Poetry Day. The site 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.