Poem a Month – October 2016

Happy National Poetry Day for Thursday 6th October!  There are several poetry events taking place in Derbyshire Libraries over the next week including a celebration of the life and work of Dorothy May Walters-Godfree at Ilkeston Library on Wednesday 5th October. Dorothy was a writer and poet who was born in Ilkeston in 1918 and lived in the town before moving to Bath in 1960.  Dorothy, who passed away last year, continued to write poetry throughout her life with poems such as  In the Care Home written during her later years. - Ali

In  the  Care  Home

I visited the Old
And found them quite bold!
Not easy to walk,
But loving to talk.
And seeking romance,
Given half a chance.
All the same,
It’s a shame,
Their youth will never come back,
The body’s too slack.
But they look out for the post,
And constantly boast,
“I will never give in,
I could have a lottery win,
And then I’d be rich,
And buy my own pitch,
With enough cash to spare
For one-to-one care!”

Dorothy  May Walters


An interpreter of beauty in the world at Ilkeston Library on Wednesday 5th October 2016, 3.30 to 4.30 pm. Join us to celebrate the life and work of Ilkeston born, writer and poet, Dorothy May Walters-Godfree. The event will include readings of poems inspired by Dorothy's life and work which were created during a poetry workshop led by Cathy Grindrod. Free event, places limited, please book places in advance. Call 01629 533275 for more information

Poetry workshop: Messages with Judy Brown on Thursday 6th October 2016, 2 to 4 pm at Buxton Library. Join poet Judy Brown for this workshop using images and writings from the museum collection to inspire your own poems about local places and people. Free, but advance booking essential. Places can be booked online via Eventbrite. For more information ring 01629 533540.

Poetry Readings with Cora Greenhill and Geraldine Monk on Friday 7th October 2016, 7 to 8.30pm at Chesterfield Library. Join us to celebrate National Poetry Day with highly acclaimed poets Cora Greenhill and Geraldine Monk. Tickets priced at £3.00, £2.00 concessions, available from Chesterfield Library Help Desk or call 01629 533400.

Messages: an evening of poetry on Thursday 13th October 2016, 7 to 8.30pm at
Heanor Library - join Ali and Samantha for an evening of poetry exploring this year’s National Poetry Day theme - 'Messages'. Bring your favourite poem to share or sit back, relax and listen with tea and cake. Free, please book places at Heanor Library or ring 01629 533795

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