The Stay Up Your Own End Poetry Project and Competition

I’m very proud to be involved with a new local poetry project run by the talented Poets, Prattlers and Pandemonialists aka Steve Pottinger, Dave Pitt and Emma Purshouse, here’s the details (supplied by PPP) on how you can get involved if you want to.

Poets, Prattlers, and Pandemonialists have a new project. It’s a commission from Creative Black Country, called ‘Stay Up Your Own End’. If you’d like to join in we’re looking for poems about different areas of the Black Country (no don’t have to be from the Black Country to submit, but the poem does have to be based here). Here’s the information…

For the first of our ‘Stay Up Your Own End’ events, commissioned by Creative Black Country, Walsall poet Richard Archer has given this prompt to get you started on writing a poem about some aspect of life in Walsall borough.

“Impressions about a place can be formed from any contact, long or short. What is your take on Walsall? Good or bad? How has living in, discovering, or visiting Walsall had an impact on your outlook? What impression has Walsall made on you during these times of lockdown and isolation?

The UK has many impressions of Walsall, some good:

The Art Gallery
The beautiful Arboretum

some bad:

Walsall obesity crisis
Gang violence in Walsall

and some odd:

The Giant Walsall Sinkhole
The Walsall Anarchists Bomb Plot

What is your impression of our borough?”

Write your poem about Walsall, and email it to by midday on Sunday June 7th for the chance to win a £25 prize.

All poems will be posted on our Facebook page and read by poet Heather Wastie who will pick her winner.

Happy writing!

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