This year, to adhere to the latest government guidance and current regulations, Wirral Poetry Festival are hosting a series of online virtual poetry picnics and poetry workshops.
Poetry Picnics usually combine a tour of one of Wirral’s notable features, green spaces or coastal scenery with the opportunity to write and share poems in a friendly workshop setting.
The first of these virtual poetry picnic will be Poetry at the Priory on 24 May at 10am to 3.30pm. This free session will feature a presentation about Birkenhead Priory to inspire poetry writing which can then be shared with the group.
The session, guided by local poet Paul Harris and hosted by Barry Quatermass, will start with some images and a short talk about Merseyside’s oldest standing building. This talk will provide insight into the development of Birkenhead Priory, its importance to the spiritual and economic development of Wirral and its influence of the history of our region.
Poems developed at these workshops will be celebrated and shared at a future Wirral Poetry Festival event.
In the Gallery, another poetry workshop, will take place on 10 June and will be inspired by visual art works and led by Anna Saunders, Director of the Cheltenham Poetry Festival.
More details of In the Gallery and other virtual workshops can be found on the Wirral Poetry Festival website.