Spotlight on...Poetry for Wellbeing

With Hampshire Poet 2020, Kathryn Bevis

The Hampshire Poet programme, which aims to foster local writing talent, has been running every two years since 2008 and provides the opportunity for a Hampshire-based poet to undertake commissions, lead workshops and give readings and talks throughout the county.

The Hampshire Poet 2020 is poet and educator Kathryn Bevis, founder of The Writing School in Winchester.

Hampshire Poet 2020, Kathryn Bevis

During the lockdown, Kathryn has led a series of live, online poetry courses, Poetry for Wellbeing. These courses were launched as a way for poetry beginners to develop a new skill and express themselves in a positive and encouraging forum, as well as to create a sense of community, connection and belonging at a time of isolation for many. The live, online courses were delivered free of charge and were part of our Brighter Futures programme, which is funded by Hampshire County Council’s Adult Community Learning programme, Hampshire Achieves.

From Wednesday 27 May, we will be publishing Kathryn reading 17 of the poems created by participants in Poetry for Wellbeing on Culture on Call. Here, Kathryn reads her own poem, Devil Day, winning entry in the 2019 Poets and Players competition.

Kathryn Bevis reading Devil Day

The poems as read by Kathryn can be found in the following posts:

Home by Heather Bradford and Canticle Clearing by Jim Hopwood

Camera Flash by Stacey Court-Martin and a poem by Alastair Scott

South Island by Joanna and Home by Margot Tilbury

Sabbath Rest by Anne Fairless and The Crab Loses His Balloon by Jade Brindley

Joy by Pam and The First Taste by Sue Attridge

A poem by Jane A Bennett and Reminiscences of Home by William 'Bill' Keats

I Come From by Shakeela Gilbert and Hidden Hunter by Ruth Brampton

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