A new poem celebrating Swindon has its first official outing on Monday, as part of Poetry Swindon Festival and Swindon 175.
The new poem, Swindon Diamonds, celebrating Swindon and its achievements, will be read in public for the first time by its creator, community poet Tony Hillier, at the Sisters in Spitfires event, Monday 3 October 7pm at North Swindon Library (Orbital Shopping Centre).
The poem was commissioned by West Swindon and Cirencester-based car dealership, Pebley Beach. “This is the first time we’ve commissioned a poem so we’d like to know what people think,” said managing director, Dominic Threlfall. “We really like Swindon Diamonds and think it captures the essence of Swindon. It felt right for the Swindon 175 celebrations, which celebrates the part transport played in the founding of Swindon. It’s also exciting to launch this at a Poetry Swindon event.”
Sisters in Spitfires is a poetry collection by Alison Hill. She will be reading a selection from the book on the night. There’s also a chance for the public to read their own work or favourite flight-themed poem in the open mic slot at the start of the event.
Poetry Swindon launched Thursday 29 September and runs until Sunday 9 October.
For more information, visit www.poetryswindon.org/festival