Add your words to a poem for Nottingham

Date published: 30 Apr 2020

Posted by: Joe Pick

A Pause - Add your work to a poem for Nottingham

We are inviting the people of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire to add their words to a poem that reflects the times we are going through. The theme is ‘A Pause’.

Celebrated local poet Panya Banjoko will turn your words and ideas into a poem. We will make this into a film and publish it online. Read this page and use the form below to submit up to four lines of poetry.

About the theme

At this time, when the outside world appears to be on pause, we are all looking at what happens within. We would like you to think about:

What does the word ‘pause’ mean to you?

What is it important to pause for: a pause for thought, a pause for thanks, a pause for concern?

What does ‘a pause’ mean to people your age? How is this meaning different for people of other ages?

How has the meaning of a ‘pause’ changed over the years?

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Who should take part?

If you live in Nottingham/Nottinghamshire we would love to hear your ideas!

We are particularly interested in hearing from older people and young people who have an important older person in their lives. We would like to hear your different views on the theme.

This project is part of our Words of Wisdom programme.

How to share your poetry

Use the form below to send us up to four lines of poetry. We might not be able to include all submissions word for word. Panya will pick out themes, ideas and phrases to construct the poem. We will credit everyone who submits work.

  • For copyright reasons, the work must be your own – no copies please.
  • We reserve the right not to accept work that contains excessive expletives, graphic content or does not fit with the values of the project.

The deadline for submissions is 29th May 2020.

What happens next?

Poet Panya Banjoko will turn your ideas into a group poem.

If you consent, we will contact you about sending us a video of you reading the poem. These will be edited into a film, which will be released online.

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Any questions?

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions: info@city-arts.org.uk

We can’t wait to hear and share your ideas!