|Stamford's Poet Laureate|
The new Stamford Poet Laureate for 2013/14 is Teresa McLean
Teresa used to write poetry as a child, continuing into her teens with poems regularly appearing in her secondary school magazine. She wrote into adulthood but then the skill fell into disuse while she brought up her three children, two of whom inherited her love of words and stories. Unfortunately most of her earlier work was destroyed in a fire but, after the death of her husband, she started attending poetry events and participating in writing workshops which led to her starting to write again. She has won minor prizes in small competitions and also pens the occasional song for performance at local folk clubs. Since retiring from her work as a housing support worker she has taken up gardening which provides organic vegetables as well as valuable thinking time and for the Queens Golden Jubilee worked with pensioners in Rutland producing a booklet of memories of the coronation.
If you've been inspired to get into poetry, make sure you don't miss these upcoming events at Stamford Arts Centre:
Pint of Poetry - Open Mic Poetry Evening 8pm
At 'Pint of Poetry' you can either come along with a poem you've written or want to perform and read it out to an appreciative crowd, or you can simply enjoy the poetry of others over a nice cold pint in our cellar bar.
Held every last Wednesday of the month at 8pm
Current dates for Pint of Poetry:
Monday writing forum 6pm to 8pm Monthly (Every second Monday.)
To discuss and share your work with other poets, come along to our friendly Writing Forum. Current dates are: