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The theme for this year’s National Poetry Day (8th October) is ‘light’ and this autumn the Knives Forks and Spoons Press will be displaying a poetry anthology in lights as part of the Blackpool Illuminations. The work of 11 poets will be exhibited on 21 lights, which will be seen by more than three million visitors – ensuring that this will be the most widely read anthology of 2015.
The poems will be on display from the 4th September to the 15th November 2015, and will be installed on Blackpool’s famous cliff section at the North Shore. This project was made possible by funding from Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts programme.
Alec Newman, from Knives Forks and Spoons, said: “this is a tremendously exciting project, because it will bring a new and exceptionally large audience to poetry, and give that audience the opportunity to engage with the work of some of the most exciting experimental poets working today.”
The 11 poets participating in this anthology in lights are: Leanne Bridgewater, Fiona Cameron, Finella and Philip Davenport, Kate Duckney, Ann Mathews, Pansy Maurer-Alvarez, Nicky Mesch, Yvonne Reddick, Rachel Sills, and Juliet Troy.
In conjunction with the always excellent Poetry Book Fair at Conway Hall in London on Saturday 26th September, Free Verse are launching a poetry competition, with a first prize of £200 and poster publication at the venue on the day of the fair. More details here.