The Lichfield Poets

A group of poets from Lichfield are launching their second anthology of original poetry.

Formed just a few years ago, The Lichfield Poets will release Battle Lines as the follow-up to their first book, Silver Words, which celebrated the 25th birthday of St Giles Hospice in Whittington and raised more than £750.

The new publication commemorates the 65th anniversary of the end of World War 2 and the group hope it will raise even more.

A spokesperson said:

“While some of the group are performance poets, others prefer to create poetry just for the reader and they all agree that poetry, particularly relating to war, can have a profound effect on the reader as well as the writer. Battle Lines opens with Val Thompson’s poem Yet to Come and is her tribute to those who faithfully line the streets of Wootton Bassett to pay their respects to the fallen of Iraq and Afghanistan.  The last stanza, ‘whispers of others yet to come’ is particularly profound.”

Proceeds from Battle Lines  – which costs £5 plus postage – will go to the National Memorial Arboretum. To find out how to get a copy email  The cost is £5 per copy (plus postage) and all the profits from sales will go to the National Memorial Arboretum.