ON behalf of Aston University, Tipton Library and Black Country Community Radio I would like to thank all the entries in both the schools and open poetry dialect competition.
Headed by Dr Clark at Aston's School of Language and Social Sciences, the pilot project hopes to expand in further years to all schools across the region and to all writers as a celebration of Black Country Day.
It has taken a great deal of work behind the scenes to collect all the entries and come to a final decision on the performers who will take part in the events on July 14, Black Country Day.
The school winners will read their poems at Tipton Library in the afternoon and the open winners at Great Bridge Library in the evening as part of a special event.
Both events have been organised with the help of Rob Hazel at Tipton library and other schools work with the help of Ian Henery and Paul Lines of Mapseekers.
The response has confirmed the talent and creativity evident in schools and in the writers across the region.
It is a credit to the hard work of teachers at each school and the individuals who have taken part. It is hoped the project can now build and expand as the awareness of Black Country Day grows over the coming years.
Billy Spake Mon,
Dr Brian Dakin,
Visiting Research Fellow, Aston University.