Stamford’s poet laureate Camilla aims to bring poetry to life

Stamford poet laureate Camilla McLean EMN-160108-193733009

Stamford poet laureate Camilla McLean EMN-160108-193733009

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Stamford’s poet laureate is hoping to bring the joys of poetry to people during her year at the helm.

Camilla McLean, who lives in the town, was selected as the poet laureate at Stamford Arts Centre earlier this year.

Since then she has been busily penning poems for the various engagements she has to attend, including the inauguration of the town mayor John Dawson, the Town Hall open day and the launch of the Gravity Fields Festival in Grantham.

But she is also keen to make people aware that Stamford is a busy place for poetry.

Already the Stamford Book of Poetry has been published and is selling so well at Walker’s Bookshop in town, a reprint is imminent.

Pint of Poetry - a monthly gathering for poets held in the Cellar Bar at the arts centre is growing in popularity with the next due to be held on Wednesday, August 31, from 8pm. All are welcome.

Regular poetry forums are also being held at Stamford Arts Centre - the next one being on September 12.

Poetry swaps are taking place in September and November, when Peterborough poets will read with Stamford-based poets.

And poetry readings are also being held at Walkers Bookshop in High Street, Stamford, the next of which is tomorrow and is aimed at children.

Camilla is particularly keen to see more youngsters engage with poetry at a young age - and she has approached local primary schools about running poetry workshops.

She said: “Sometimes poetry can seem quite impenetrable so my aim really during my year as poet laureate is to open it up and make it really engaging.

“I think it would be great to attract more people to any of the things we’re doing - and let people see that there is a vibrant poetry scene in Stamford.”

Anyone who wants to find out more about getting involved in any of the events is welcome to e-mail Camilla at: meelypops@me.com