aim of this project is to create a new guide to Britain in verse. It is
born out of an admiration for the way in which verse, particularly in
the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, was applied to so many
different types of writing task from topographical description to
scientific treatise and a conviction that by casting text - any kind of
text - into poetic form we can give it added layers of meaning and
significance. Poetry can do more than fill the pages of poetry books.
of the contributions are by myself and some by friends and
acquaintances, none of whom are professional poets, but there is a
wider more democratic aim. We wish to collect contributions from
individual writers who are prepared to celebrate their locality in
verse and share it on-line on this site. The ultimate objective is for
this work to be commercially published and put on sale. If you would
like to contribute please note the following guidelines:
contribution should be confined to a description of a particular
village, town or city, although contributions for large cities could
focus on a particular district.
- The contribution
should be mainly topographical - that is to say it describes physical
features particularly landscapes and buildings.
contribution my include pen portraits of the inhabitants to add 'local
colour' but the focus is on places rather than people.
- The contribution should be specific and literal rather than figurative and impressionistic
- The contribution should be written as a poem, either in some recognised verse form or in free verse.
- The contribution should ideally be between 2,000 and 3,000 words although we can be flexible about this.
best way to get a grip on the way the project is going is by reading
some of the offerings already included below. I shall include all
contributions on the web site - even if it means duplicating entries
for some locations. Once I have around 50 suitable contributions with a
reasonable geographic spread I will start the search for a publisher
and keep everyone informed as to progress. Contributions may be
anonymous but it is much more interesting for all concerned if you
could submit and we could publish a brief statement about each
contributor. Will there be any money to be made out of this? Probably
not, certainly we are not paying for contributions to the web site,
beyond that it is hard to say until one begins detailed discussions
with a publisher. Whatever happens we will not print anything without
obtaining your agreement and permission.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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