52 Meet and Perform for the Stratford Poetry Festival

Sadly I could not attend this jamboree with the brilliant Jo and the 52ers.
There is no doubt whatsoever in my experience that Jo’s invention of and careful nurturing of 52 has been a most significant development in UK poetry over the past decade or so.

Long may it continue to thrive, but it must not be allowed to suck Jo dry of all her creative juices.
It is time at this more than halfway stage to consider how best the lifeblood can be maintained long before 52 has to become 53.
Come on, folks – we are an inventive lot – who and where next year ?


52 The Event

52 by bernie briggs  © Bernie Briggs 2014

Jo Bell – creator of 52 and all round people’s goddess of poetry was this year’s resident poet for the Stratford Festival. She organised the virtual poets of 52 to meet up for a picnic at Hall’s Croft (the house of her residency) on Sunday 20th July, I cannot believe it was just 9 short days ago. Writing this blog post (which won’t look like it), has taken hours and brought all the excitement back to the surface again! Julie Gardener likened it to that strange state when you wake up from an anesthetic, relieved you are alive and a little out of your body and mind.

It was a superb day. The word of 52 has spread across the Midlands well, I had a small part to play in that – and so many local known poets were there – it was great to…

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