Picture the Poet Exhibition and Opening Event

Preston Poets’ Society now have a spangly new blog. The first blog post is about the opening event for the ‘Picture the Poet Exhibition’ at the Harris Museum, which features portraits of 56 living, nationally recognised poets. To celebrate the opening local poets took over the Harris, performing in the exhibition space, Fine Art Gallery, on the balcony and in the library.

Picture the Poet Me and NickFellow Guests of the Earth member, Nicolas Guy Williams and myself performed a sequence of poems based on our local ancestral heritage from Horace the 14,000 year old elk through to the Jacobites, handloom weavers and cotton industry in ‘The Dicovery Gallery.’

There are going to be several more ‘Picture the Poet’ themed events before the closure of the exhibition on April 11th. If you live nearby, do check out the programme.

Preston Poets' Society

On Saturday the 24th of January, the Picture the Poet Exhibition opened at the Harris Museum in Preston. The exhibition was organised by the Harris in co-operation with The National Portrait Gallery, The National Literacy Trust and Apples and Snakes. It  features the photographs of 56 living nationally recognised poets. Alongside their portraits are biographies and excerpts from their poetry. It is also possible to listen to them reading through headphones in the exhibition space.

As well as bringing portraits of famous poets to Preston, ‘Picture the Poet’ aims to engage schools and young people through a series of workshops for teachers and students. Ian McMillan will be running a series of poetry workshops for schools over the coming months. PPS secretary Dorothy Nelson is leading a family workshop on ‘Visual Verses’. There will also be a family workshop on ‘Poetic Passports.’

The Harris and a number of local poets…

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