Introducing the Buckinghamshire Libraries’ Poets in Residence

posted Tue 12 April 2022

Press Release

Three poets have been appointed to spend time in three Buckinghamshire Libraries during April and May. Aoife Mannix will be working in Wendover, Desree in Burnham and Simon Mole in Hazlemere. Each will spend time getting to know their host library, its users and the local woodlands. They will then draw inspiration to compose a collection of original poems connected to each place which will be displayed in and around the library during June to coincide with the Jubilee celebrations.

As well as spending time in the library, where users will be able to chat and get to know each poet, they will each be running workshops on writing poetry for local community groups and schools. In Burnham workshops will take place on Saturday 7 and 14 May with the opportunity to perform as part of the Donkey Derby on Saturday 28 May. In Wendover there will be a workshops for families and then adults on Saturday 21 May and in Hazlemere there will be afterschool writing clubs on Monday 09,16 and 23 May.

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“Each town is near important and ancient woodland, land that for 100s of years has homed complex ecologies, provided employment and shelter and been a place of refuge and relaxation. The libraries may not be as old but they too provide vital services. We are delighted that for the next few months they’ll be a home for three brilliant poets and a meeting point for communities to try out writing. I can’t wait to read the words and ideas that sprout from these residencies.”

Project manager Katy Snelling

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The project is commissioned by Farnham Maltings using funding from the Rothschild Foundation and in partnership with Buckinghamshire Libraries.

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Any queries on the above can be directed to Katy Snelling.

Katy Snelling

Project Manager