Message (for Suz Winspear)

Written for National Poetry Day 2016


A presentiment

in the sentiment,

a timely rhyme

in presage,

surely this is purely

a poem,

not a message?

It is not like me

to write on theme,

words wander, see?

Abandon scheme,

the poets and forms

they accompany,

find something

to make you feel,

write some poetry!




Congratulations, Suz!

mayor and laureats

The sixth, sensational, Worcestershire Festival – exploded in to life, with the crowning of our new Worcestershire Laureate ; Suz Winspear!   The opening night was magical, with readings from young writers, and cool compare; Matt Windle.

Shortlisted superstars, Charley Barnes and Peter Sutton, wowed us with their words.  Peter’s performance was impressive and Charley’s was heartbreakingly beautiful.

Suz Winspear, Worcester’s ‘Resident Goth’ was almost speechless, after being shortlisted several times for the honour, this award was more than well deserved.  Suz reminded the Worcester audience of our heritage, declaring that, as laureate; the poet will raise awareness of our modern poets and local talents, to ensure this generation leaves an impressive heritage for others.

Congratulations to Charley and Peter for a super achievement.  And congratulations to Suz, Worcestershire’s Poet Laureate!


baldy and suz 2