All BBC local radio stations create a local poem

All BBC local radio stations in England and the Channel Islands are marking National Poetry Day with an initiative called BBC Local Poets.

Forty stations have commissioned a poet in their area to write a poem about a local landmark. The poems are being read out on each local radio station throughout the day together with interviews from the poets talking about the idea behind their poems.

Here are a few examples from across the network:

  • For BBC Radio Manchester, Keisha Thompson has written her poem about the Nello James Centre in Whalley Range.
  • For BBC Radio London, Rishi Dastidar from London is representing Central London and has written his poem about the London Underground map. And Maria Ferguson from Romford is representing Greater London and has written her poem about Romford Dogs.
  • For BBC Newcastle, Anna Woodford from Newcastle has written her poem about the Tyne Bridge.
  • For BBC Radio Humberside, Jim Higo from Hull has written his poem about Beverley Gate in Hull.
  • For BBC Radio Oxford, Lucy Ayrton from Oxford, has written her poem about the Eagle and Child pub in Oxford.

There will also be a 41st poem performed on the Mark Forrest All England Show to be broadcast across all BBC Local Radio stations from 7pm.

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