Search for the next Wellington Resident Poet
When retired Telford College lecturer, Stuart Taylor, passed away suddenly in 2018 his family set up ‘Gifted on Behalf of Stuart Taylor’. Amanda Jenkins, Stuart’s wife, was encouraged by his love of poetry to explore the idea of setting up the position of a Wellington ‘Resident Poet’ and, given Wellington’s literary connections, this is a wonderful way of paying tribute to a man who inspired so many local people.
The competition proved to be extremely popular and Heather Reid, who was voted the winner, has done an outstanding job over the past year regaling the residents of Wellington with various poetry performances.
The post of ‘Wellington’s Resident Poet’ lasts for a year (from the festival weekend) and a minimum of 8 poems will be required to be written during that time to mark significant Wellington or national events.
The winner, who will also win a £500 prize, will be announced as part of the festival weekend with their poem published in a future edition of This Is Our Wellington magazine and on the festival page of the Wellington Town Council website.
It is hoped that the winner will be available to read their winning entry as part of the festival on Sunday 8th May at 12:30 as part of An Afternoon at The Belfrey.