The Poetree Project has been featured in "the best of birmingham", "the best of wolverhampton" and "the best of walsall".
The Poetree Project
The Poetree Project was put together to encourage members of the local community to write even if they had never done so before. The tree was installed on the wall in a new community arts space in Stafford town centre, set up to bring creative activities and opportunities to local people.
In its early stages the tree was quite a basic structure and was strung with washing lines pegged with small squares of paper and a few poems from famous poets from different eras. The hope was that people would take time to sit and reflect and perhaps leave a short piece of writing. As the project evolved and more experienced writers took part, a supportive framework was formed and new writers and those who just wanted to use poetry to help process thoughts were encouraged to write short pieces of poetry. As time went on a fabulous selection of poetry was submitted and the Poetree came into full leaf. This brought about the decision to have an event at which the poetry could be shared and celebrated but then came lockdown. The event for the Spring Selection was moved online and we had a wonderful time sharing the poems from the Poetree through live performances, film and audio recordings. It is important to the project that all contributions to the project are shared and to do so offer as many different ways for this to happen as possible. Another way to recognise how grateful the project was for people taking part was to frame the poems individually and hang them from the branches of the Poetree. In this way it was hoped other members of the public could drop in to view them, enjoy them and perhaps be encouraged to take part in creative projects themselves. As this couldn’t take place it was decided to record and share the poems from The Spring Selection in a booklet and has proven a great success so much so that the project ran for a full year with each season celebrated with a seasonal booklet of poetry.