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I read ballads from Bugle when I was Birmingham society's guest poet

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: July 21, 2014

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I WISH to share with your readers my attempt at promoting your fantastic Black Country Ballads.

Cannon Poets in Birmingham are a lovely group whose members get together to share their love of poetry.

And on July 6 I was their guest poet - a rare honour - and I marked it by reading some of the poems I have been fortunate enough to have had published in the Black Country Bugle.

Cannon Poets were founded in 1983 at the Midlands Arts Centre in Cannon Hill Park and are still at the cutting edge of poetry.

They have regularly hosted events at Reader' and Writers¬ Festivals and have taken an active part in the Birmingham Artfest and National Poetry Day.

Their members contribute to many poetry events and several of their members have also become Poet Laureates.

They meet on the first Sunday of the month from 2pm - 5pm at the Moseley Exchange, the Post Office Building, Alcester Road, Moseley.

As guest poet, I gave a presentation of my own poems - all from Black Country Ballads. I read Where Are the Graves? (Bilston Cholera Epidemic) and One Blood which was used for a blood donor campaign in Wednesbury plus A View of the Black Country which I will be reading on stage in Stone Street Square, Dudley, for the Black Country Festival.

I also had to share published poems which I had found inspirational - but by other poets in the Black Country Ballads section of The Bugle. Om read the excellent 'Elpin 'Er ter Lose Weight by Peter Cole, which, as expected, brought a great deal of laughter), Ode Flerms by Jean Mason (a very romantic poem in Black Country dialect) and, finally, Romance by Trevor Johnson (a poem with a great deal of wisdom - and again in Black Country dialect). I had previously held back from attending any of the Cannon Poets' meetings because I had previously never felt good enough. However, today I felt pride - real pride - in my place of origin - the Bostin Black Country - how I spake and that I, too, are a published poet - thanks to Black Country Ballads

Congratulations for publishing a great regional newspaper and keep up the good work.

God bless you and all of your readers.

Ian Henery.


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