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Celebrating poetry in Surrey

March 19, 2015
Attribution: Swansea by Andrew Green / Flickr (NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0))

Swansea by Andrew Green / Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

‘Poetry in Surrey Libraries‘ is the newest blog from Surrey Libraries’ in the UK. As this month’s theme is #poetryread we thought it would be an ideal time to share our thoughts about it.

It went live in August 2014 to promote the annual National Poetry Day in October.  We invited our creative library users to write a poem on the theme of ‘remember’…and they certainly didn’t disappoint.  We received 19 brand new self-written poems to post on the blog as well as some suggestions of classic poems that held a special place in their hearts.  It was a great way to launch the blog.

After the success of National Poetry Day, we wanted to explore how we could make the blog a place to enjoy poetry all year round.  So far we have had a poetry advent calendar; poems to celebrate LGBT History Month and most recently an invite for our library users to write a poem expressing how much they love their library for National Libraries Day.  The ‘Love My Library‘ promotion produced 45 self-written poems from a wide range of ages in the community. Our youngest poet is 5 years old and our most mature is 88.

So far the blog has had 5,500 views, 90 followers and 70 new poems submitted online or by a handout available in our libraries.

The blog is devoted to #poetryread in March including epic poems, limericks and song lyrics. For #rwpchat on 31st March we have a range of poetry ready to explore including World War One, Dr Seuss, poetry by Surrey poets past and present and will include some about our favourite subject in the UK…the weather and seasons!

Signs of spring are bringing forward memories of Wordsworth and daffodils or Shakespeare and cuckoo-buds of yellow hue. How is the weather around the world?  Why not write a poem and send it to us…we may just add it to our blog.

We look forward to hearing from you and to #poetryread on 31st March.

Gary Shield and Sue Applegate, Surrey Libraries.

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