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Staffordshire poet laureate

Staffordshire Poet Laureate

Mel Wardle Woodend from Stafford is the new Staffordshire Poet Laureate for 2019-2021.

Over a two-year tenure, Mel will develop her role and bring new ideas for raising the profile of poetry within Staffordshire through poetry performance
and commissions.

'I am delighted to be appointed as Staffordshire Poet Laureate 2019 - 2021 and am looking forward to promoting poetry across Staffordshire and beyond – to reinforce the idea that poetry does not have to be traditional, or studied from textbooks, but can be vibrant, contemporary spoken word: a vital communication tool that I believe can help people express emotions, that they can use therapeutically as a creative device for channelling emotions, and that will help them to gain confidence.

I am also passionate about making reading accessible to all and in my role as Staffordshire Poet Laureate I hope to further promote dyslexia friendly strategies in the publication of poetry books, to increase accessibility, inclusivity and the enjoyment of reading in order to help break down barriers to literacy and help make good literacy development achievable.'

Visit Mel's website or her Facebook page

Staffordshire Young Poet Laureate

Could YOU be the Young Poet Laureate for Staffordshire?

Staffordshire Libraries & Arts Service are currently searching for a new Staffordshire Young Poet Laureate.  This one year post offers an opportunity to continue the work of previous Young Poet Laureates & bring new ideas for raising the profile of poetry amongst children and young people across Staffordshire.  

If you have a passion for poetry, are aged 14-18 years and you live/ go to school, or college in Staffordshire, then don’t miss this opportunity to become Staffordshire’s Young Poet Laureate 2021!

Find out how to apply at your local or library, or click on the link below for more details on how to apply and download an application form.

The roles have been created by Staffordshire County Council’s Libraries and Arts Service and hope to inspire a love for poetry and literacy amongst adults and children across the county.

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