Fradley poet Bert Flitcroft urges people to put pen to paper about their local area

A Fradley poet is encouraging people to paing a picture in words to celebrate their local area.

Bert Flitcroft, Staffordshire’s Poet Laureate, is planning a series of workshops aimed at creating a new collection of prose which will then feature in an exhibition at the Shire Hall Gallery in Stafford.

Bert Flitcroft

Bert Flitcroft

“Staffordshire is such a diverse county, with no real cultural identity,” he said. “My idea is that this project might go some way towards creating one.

“I would like to emphasise that the workshops are creative writing workshops, not purely poetry, and the aim is to encourage anyone, experienced writers or not, to come along and have a go.

Dates for the workshops will be released in the coming weeks.

Cllr Gill Heath, Cabinet member responsible for communities at Staffordshire County Council, said:
“Bert’s workshops and the Staffordshire Poetry Collection are both an ideal way to promote our wonderful county, and boost an appreciation of poetry and creative writing in people of all ages and abilities.

“Staffordshire, the creative county, has a rich and diverse cultural heritage, so there should be no shortage of inspiration for local people to put pen to paper.”

Anyone who has a poem they would like to be considered can email or visit Bert’s website.

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