Visit the Black Country Living Museum and you may find yourself in a poem.
The museum, which held a Festival of Poetry last year to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the Newcomen Engine, has just announced Dave Reeves as Poet-in-Residence.
The Black Country Bard, who is a combination of poet, performer and historian, will find inspiration among the museum’s collections and the region’s industrial history.
Celebrating the start of his residency, Dave Reeves has launched Black Country Living Museum’s poetry workshop, focusing on the ‘The Industrial Landscape’.
Wannabe wordsmiths can become well-versed in Black Country heritage as the area once known as ‘The Workshop of the World’ steps into the spotlight.
Mel Weatherley, Head of Learning, said: “We are delighted that Dave Reeves has joined the Museum as Poet-in-Residence.
“He will be working with the museum’s designated collection and, I’m sure, will offer us new ways of thinking about Black Country culture and the impact of the industrial revolution upon society and the world.”
Dave Reeves was born in the Black Country and his writing is inspired by the local area.
His publications include: Black Country Stock, Being John Ruskin and Black Country Dialectics.
He also writes some poems in the region’s dialect and these have attracted attention throughout Europe.
Dave has received commissions from festivals, theatre companies and the BBC, and, working with artists from other disciplines, has writing included in public artwork in Bilston and West Bromwich.
He has also produced numerous publications from community residencies including Oldbury: the Town of the Four Moons, Like I’m Running in a Hurdle Race and the 10 books in the Brummies All Write series which were published annually throughout the 1990s.
He was editor of Raw Edge Magazine, the West Midlands regional magazine of new writing, for 13 years until 2009.
He is currently a presenter for the online spoken word broadcaster Radio Wildfire.
Black Country Living Museum launched its annual Prize Poetry Competition last month and Black Country bards still have time to wax lyrical about ‘The Industrial Landscape’ of the region.
The closing date for entries is Friday, September 27.
Entries for the poetry competition are invited from individuals aged 19 and over and any form of poetry is acceptable but poems are limited to 40 lines.
For more details and an entry form, go to www.bclm.com
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