In 2019, Andrew McRae and Paul Farley launched a public arts project called The Places of Poetry, centred on a digital map of England and Wales which you can still visit at: https://www.placesofpoetry.org.uk. Here’s a short video with more information about the national project:
Places of Poetry (2020) is the anthology that grew out of this project. To celebrate it Litfest has created its own digital poetry map of the Northwest!
Everyone is invited to submit poems about places in the region, ranging from South Lancashire to the Solway Firth and from Blackpool to the Trough of Bowland. The poems can be your own, or by someone else, they can be ancient or modern, but they must be about a specific place in the region. You can submit poems until 15th March 2021.
In our Poetry Day finale we will be celebrating the poetry of place in a very special showcase. Shortly before the event, Paul and Andrew will select six poems and Litfest will invite the authors or proposers or read them at the event itself, or, if you prefer, you can nominate someone to read for you.