The People’s Poetry - Public Call

The People’s Poetry – A Call for Creativity for Local People

At First Art we love to celebrate local creativity. One of our area’s most famous sons, Lord Byron, was no slouch with a quill, and we are celebrating the area’s links with verse by showing off your poetry around the area. Throughout August we asked for your work – about the people and places where you live – and we have created a poetic portrait of Ashfield, Bolsover, Mansfield and NE Derbyshire.

We teamed up with the Derbyshire Times and Mansfield & Ashfield Chad, who published a selection of the most interesting poems in a special double-page spread in September 2017, which featured a forward by BAFTA Award winning TV and Film Producer and Poet Henry Normal.

More will appear on illustrated shop windows throughout the First Art area in October/November (details soon).

The illustrations, which you can see below represent the four geographical parts of the First Art area - Ashfield, Bolsover, Mansfield and North-East Derbyshire. They are by the superbly talented Emily Howells (Bolsover and NE Derbyshire) and Hannah Sawtell (Ashfield and Mansfield).

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THE WORK

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Poems from or about Ashfield
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Poems from or about Bolsover
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Poems from or about Mansfield
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Poems from or about NE Derbyshire.
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