nominated by: Hilary Fender
Beth's Poetry Trail is being set up in the town of Belper, (a mill town in the heart of Derbyshire's 'Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage site'), as a permanent memorial to Beth Fender who founded the town's two poetry groups.
The Beth Fender Memorial Fund and working group has been established, including members of the poetry groups plus family and local community representation.
When complete, it is intended that a poem - or extract of a poem – will be installed at 20 sites around the town; completion is due in the summer of 2009, after five years. Each poem is being interpreted in a manner appropriate to the poem and the setting, as far as possible, in a variety of materials including wood, ceramic tiles, aluminium, glass, stone and slate. An accompanying map and interpretation leaflet will guide visitors around the trail. Occasional guided walks are offered throughout the year.
Poets represented include: Spike Milligan, Emily Dickinson, R L Stevenson, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Philip Larkin and Wendy Cope, as well as local poets including two of Beth's own poems. At only one of the sites, where the poem is in the form of a poster, this is changed annually.
For more information, including details of funders and supporters, please visit the web-site: www.bethspoetrytrail.co.uk
name: Hilary Fender