Mental Health Awareness & Wellbeing Event

Traditionally SpeakEasy and WLF are involved in the annual Mental Health Day Events in Worcester. This year due to COVID plans are a little different.

Find the events page and details here

Sign up via the speakeasy email (see poster). We hope you will join us.

Happy National Poetry Day 2020

Happy National Poetry Day from the WLF Team! Here’s a small guide to places you can spend some time today.

The main website for National Poetry Day is worth a good look around, but in case you are snatching a poem on your lunch break or pressed for time, we have selected some options.

36 Poems to read

Articles National Poetry Day

Poetry Recommendations

If you prefer to listen to a poem, there is a great selection on the Poetry Archive – 7 poems to listen to.

Attend one of the many events on offer today, nearly all are ticketed, some are free and there are lots of poetry take overs across social media platforms.

You could treat yourself and listen to Poet Laureate Simon Armitage reading in Dove Cottage (Wordsworth). This is a ticketed event.

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm BST

Tickets £7; £5 to current supporters of the Wordsworth Trust.

Simon Armitage was born in West Yorkshire and is an award-winning poet, playwright and novelist. In 2010 he was awarded the CBE for services to poetry and in 2019 he was appointed Poet Laureate. This year we have invited him to take over Dove Cottage for an exclusive performance of his own poetry, bringing to life the house that Wordsworth lived in 200 years ago.

Simon Armitage Trailer

Or join Leena Batchelor (Worcestershire Poet Laureate) this evening. To find out more about the event click here.

Or just find a quiet spot, take a book off the shelf and indulge in a read, or grab a notebook and pen and have a write.

The original post can be found here it includes additional links to writing exercises.