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 will be selecting the most interesting, imaginative and inspiring work that represents the area and sharing it in a number of ways:

  • We’ve teamed up with the Derbyshire Times and the Mansfield and Ashfield Chad who will publish a selected number from each area on a special double paged spread – which will also feature the work of a professional illustrator. The spread will feature a foreword from none other than Henry Normal, BAFTA award winning TV and film producer, comedian and poet. The chosen poets will also get a chance to meet Mr Normal and have their photograph taken with him.
  • Our commissioned artist will create glorious shop windows (one in each of the First Art areas) featuring a large scale  illustration and integrate the poems from that area.
  • Drinks coasters will appear in cafes and pubs in the First Art area with some of the locally sourced verses.
  • We’ll showcase and share The People’s Poetry on our social media channels.

News of the publication and windows will appear here soon.

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