Crewkerne Library in conjunction with Creative Crewkerne and other community groups and local businesses celebrated National Poetry Day with a week of poetry displays. Contributions of people’s favourite poems and short verses, old and new, were shared at Oscars wine bar, the George Hotel, Phoenix Books, No 7, Stitch Solutions, Barrett Bros, The Menders, Antiques Bazaar, King William, Royal Oak, Dekorative Kollective, Bilbys, Aqua Centre, Henhayes Centre, Crewkerne Museum, Town Hall, Crewkerne Railway Station and in the public toilets at Falkland Square. St Bartholomew’s School, Ashlands School and the U3A’s two poetry groups also joined in the community venture.
The theme for this year’s National Poetry Day, a national initiative by the Forward Arts Foundation supported by the Arts Council England, was Change. Favourite poems that were showcased around the town included The Good Old Concertina written by Australian colonial bush poet Henry Lawson (1867-1922), A Meerkat Lullaby by English poet Roger McGough CBE well known for his time in The Scaffold and of Lily The Pink fame which reached number one in the record charts in 1968 and a short poem entitled Puzzle written by poet, performer and primary school teacher Matt Goodfellow from Manchester. Matt was inspired to write for children by his son but the sentiment portrayed in just a few lines rings true for all ages: “We are all jigsaw pieces before we are gone, We must find a way to fit together as one.” Crewkerne Library and Creative Crewkerne would like to thank everyone who joined in to promote poetry and the many individuals who kindly sent in poems for others to feel inspired and enjoy reading.