If you’re a poet and you know it… you were probably at Stamford’s Verse Poetry Festival 2016!
The event went off with a poetic bang recently with hundreds of locals and visitors heading to the town to watch and hear diverse and inspirational poetry from some of the most prominent poets, authors and performers in the UK.
Hollie McNish, Peterborough’s Mark Grist and Sophie Hannah all took part and visitors enjoyed live poetry readings, performance workshops, family shows and other poetry-related events in Stamford Arts Centre, Stamford High Street, Stamford Library and Walkers Book Shop.
The festival started with the announcement of Stamford’s 2016/17 Poet Laureate and it’s congratulations to Camilla Mclean. Camilla will be taking over from 2015/16 Poet Laureate, Rebecca Westwood, on May 5 and will be delivering her first official poem for the inauguration of Stamford’s next mayor, John Dawson. Camilla said, “I love performing poetry and can’t wait to encourage others to step-up and create their own.”
Speaking after the Verse Festival’s final show on Sunday April 24, Karen Burrows, festival organiser and Event Administrator at Stamford Arts Centre, said “This year’s Verse Poetry Festival has been bigger and better than ever before. I am delighted with this year’s appointment of Camilla as the next Stamford Poet Laureate and cannot wait to see what wonderful ideas she has over the next year to further promote and inspire poetry in Stamford.”
Camilla is a regular with a great many other local poets at Stamford’s Pint of Poetry open-mic events that take place in the Cellar Bar the last Wednesday of every month from 8pm.