Alphabet of poems to celebrate national park

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The rich heritage of the South Downs National Park is to be celebrated in an alphabet of poems created by local communities, thanks to support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Schoolchildren from across Hampshire, West and East Sussex will join retired and semi-retired people from the University of the Third Age, to think and write about the landscapes, wildlife and people of the South Downs.

This will be developed into a new poetry book, to be published in December alongside a reprint of writer Eleanor Farjeon’s original collection.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has given £18,500 towards the project, which is also being supported with £14,100 from the National Park Authority. Snake River Press has generously agreed to cover all the costs of printing and publishing the final edition.

This is a partnership between the South Downs National Park Authority and The Write House – an independent group of local historians and writers.