Innovative poetry map seeks contributions from Winchester district residents (From Basingstoke Gazette)
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Poetry in motion, Brian Evans-Jones
POETS from the Winchester District are invited to share their reflections and memories of Hampshire on a new online poetry map. The Writing Hampshire project encourages people to share and explore the creative writing of other residents. Now a map is to be launched which will include poems about Winchester and other areas such as Andover and the New Forest. Browsers can click on coloured pins on the map, taking them to a poem inspired by that location. Writers are invited to submit their own poems and readers can leave their comments about the work. Hampshire Poet Brian Evans-Jones, who has visited a variety of locations to collect poems for the launch, said: “I want to get the people of Hampshire writing about the places that matter to them - not just the pretty parts, but the whole county. I hope that all kinds of people will join in, not just those who already write poetry, but everyone, whether they are five years old or 105 years old.”
Hampshire County Council 's executive member for culture, councillor Keith Chapman, said: “We hope that the website becomes a busy platform on which readers and writers can enjoy and share their work. It aims to provide a great opportunity for authors to creatively express their experiences of our unique and inspirational county.”
Brian Evans-Jones will hold a Writing Hampshire workshop from 10am to 4pm at the Winchester Discovery Centre on Saturday, October 20, offering help and advice to those wishing to take part in the project.