Hampshire poetry on show in online map

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AN ONLINE poetry map will be launched in Hampshire.

Writers of all ages are being invited by the county council to share their reflections and memories as part of the Writing Hampshire project.

It encourages people to explore and enjoy the creative writing of residents and visitors alike by launching a special map with a variety of poems already collected and ready to share.

Browsers can click on the coloured pins on the map which take them to a poem inspired by that location.

Writers are now being asked to submit their own poems on the website for possible selection, and readers can leave their comments about the work.

The website forms part of the work of this year’s Hampshire Poet, Brian Evans-Jones, who has visited a variety of locations to collect poems for the launch.

These include workshops in schools, working with the homeless and with inmates at HM Prison Winchester.

Brian has also written a poem to inspire people to visit and contribute to the website, which is available to view at hants.gov.uk/writing-hampshire

He says: ‘In this flagship project of my Hampshire Poet year, I want to get the people of Hampshire writing about the places that matter to them – not just the pretty parts, but the whole county.

‘I hope that all kinds of people will join in, not just those who already write poetry, but everyone, whether they are five years old or 105 years old.’

Brian will be holding a workshop offering help and advice to anyone who would like to take part in the project at the Gosport Discovery Centre, in Gosport, from 10am to 1pm, on Saturday, September 22.