‘We’re not all drug-taking madmen’

POMPEY RHYMES Isabel Rogers, Hampshire Poet 2016, wants to write poetry about your favourite place in Portsmouth                      Picture: Paul Clarke
POMPEY RHYMES Isabel Rogers, Hampshire Poet 2016, wants to write poetry about your favourite place in Portsmouth Picture: Paul Clarke
rw images from Simon Hart

From: Simon Hart <southsea2006@yahoo.co.uk>

Even though George V proclaimed all German titles were to be given up by his family a century ago (July 17 1917), there is still physical evidence in our city of the Germanic royal house that once existed. Two commemoration stones relating to members of the royal house previous to the House of Windsor are so readily a part of the fabric of our daily lives but are probably in the most part overlooked.

A walk along Queen Street and on the corner with Aylward Street will present a building with a foundation stone that was laid by HRH Princess Henry of Battenberg in 1912. This was the married title of Queen Victoria's daughter Beatrice which was relinquished on 14 July 1917. From 17 July 1917 she was known as HRH the Princess Beatrice.

A visit to Sainsburys foyer in Commercial Road will provide the opportunity to see a commemoration stone for the opening of the Child's Ward of the Royal Hospital in 1909 by HH Princess Victoria of Schleswig

Four arrested after police crackdown in Commercial Road

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If you hear the word ‘poetry’, what do you think of?

If it’s yawning at school learning boring, ancient words by heart, or drug-taking madmen you want to avoid, let me try to change your mind.

Believe me, we’re not all like that.

I’ve been appointed Hampshire Poet 2016 by the Hampshire Cultural Trust, and I’m the fifth person to be given the role since we started in 2008.

My official duties include writing three commissioned poems, which will be a brilliant and terrifying challenge because I won’t be told what they’re about until it’s time to write them.

In between those, I’m going to get out across Hampshire to meet as many people as I can and talk poetry.

I’ll visit schools, libraries, museums and retirement homes explaining why I 
love poetry.

I’ll also be finding out what kind of poems people like and introducing them to some they may have never heard of before.

We could even write some new ones.

When was the last time you read or heard a poem? Was it at a wedding? Or perhaps a funeral?

We turn to poetry at important times in our lives, when we need something to carry a lot of emotion.

They can make us cry, laugh, or help us to understand something differently. Words are magic.

The first poems I ever read were funny ones, by people like Spike Milligan and AA Milne.

We all love rhymes as kids. We don’t have to forget how wonderful they are.

I know loads of people who will read stuff online who never open a novel.

I know avid novel readers who don’t go anywhere near poetry.

We seem to be stuck at the ‘scary/boring’ end of the reading scale. I have a year to show you we are neither.

If you think you need a poet in your life, whether you’re in a local school or writing/reading group, a coffee morning or walking group, please get in touch with Angela Hicken, Literature Development Officer at the Hampshire Cultural Trust, by emailing her at angela.hicken@hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk.

I want to show you how poetry can change the way you see things.

What’s your favourite place around Portsmouth? Send in a picture to The News, with a few words about why you’ve picked it, and I’ll write two completely different poems about it in my next column.

Email pictures@thenews.co.uk with your submissions.