Putting Rodborough on the map this past week is Coronation Road resident Stuart Butler whose poem, ‘I Like Living in Rodborough’ has been included in a national arts project that celebrates our rich and diverse local communities through verse.
Written over 20 years ago, Stuart’s poem has enjoyed a good deal of local appreciation thanks to it adorning the wall at Rodborough’s Community Hall. Now it’s set to come to wider readership thanks to Places of Poetry, an online database for community-themed poetry.
Established earlier this year as part of a joint initiative from the University of Exeter and Lancaster University, the project aims to inspire new writing and collect poetic perspectives on places throughout England and Wales.
Open to all ages and backgrounds, it serves as a directory for local poems to be shared with poetry enthusiasts across the British Isles, using an online, interactive map to literally puts creative submissions from readers on the map.
Stuart’s poem was chosen and recommended to readers for “its deep knowledge and appreciation of a lived, loved environment.” Stuart agrees it is a subject matter that holds great fascination: “My genre is history in the landscape and Places of Poetry reflects that interest perfectly,” he says.
Stuart has been a resident of Rodborough for some 30 years and runs the literary website RadicalStroud.co.uk. “Rodborough holds a fascination for me as it is neither in the countryside, nor is it urban. Buildings are both in the Cotswold stone and red brick. I relish its suburban feel where the town begins to fade, but is not yet country.”
Stuart’s poem can be read via the Places of Poetry website which will be open to submissions until 4 October 2019.
For more on Stuart Butler’s work, visit RadicalStroud.co.uk and his next literary tour (free but booking essential) will be to London on 21 June 2019 and will cover the work of Thomas Spence. Bookings via Stuart Butler at firstname.lastname@example.org