National Poetry Day comes to East Riding Libraries in Withernsea and Bridlington, and Bridlington Spa!

Tue, 28 Sep 2021

To celebrate National Poetry Day, East Riding Libraries have organised events for poetry fans.

The Withernsea Centre will be throwing open its doors on Tuesday, 5 October all day long to any poetry lovers in the area, to read their own poems, their favourite poetry or simply to enjoy sitting and listening to poetry.

In addition, well known local poet Richard Harries will be at the Withernsea Centre from 5pm -6.30pm, reciting poems from his collection.

On Thursday, 7 October, Bridlington Central Library will have a table set out for poetry all day, so that visitors can read and listen to poetry. Visitors will then head over to Bridlington Spa, for a free event from 12.30pm, a chance to hear poet Keith Hutson read from his work 'Baldwin's Catholic Geese', for around an hour. Poets are then welcome to go back to the central library, for a last blast of poetry, before it closes at 3pm.

East Riding Libraries members will receive a 10% discount at Brid Spa café for the poetry day event.

Librarian Sarah Hutchinson said : "All these events will be great for lovers of poetry, featuring several celebrated local poets.  We are looking forward to a good turnout of local poets in both Withernsea and Bridlington!"

East Riding Libraries have a huge permanent stock of poetry - explore the library catalogue at library.eastriding.gov.uk or visit any East Riding Library.

Poetry lovers are also reminded of the East Riding Festival of Words Poetry Competition for 2021:  The theme of the competition this year is 'My Reasons to be Cheerful'. Entries will be judged by a panel consisting of Matthew Hedley Stoppard and Wendy Pratt, and led by James Nash, local writer and poet, who shares his time between Leeds and Bridlington. The top prize this year is £500.

Poems are submitted anonymously, so that each is judged purely on its merits. All the winners will be invited to the event at North Bridlington Library. Entries are open now, and cost £4 per entry. To enter, apply and pay via https://www.festivalofwords.co.uk/poetry-comp/ 

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