The Yorkley Poetry Post

Yorkley Poetry Post launched on 14 May 2024

On Tuesday, 14th May, Dr Roger Deeks of Reading the Forest organised an event at Yorkley Community Centre to launch a new Poetry Post. It is a joint venture between Bream Community Library and Yorkley Community Centre. Four poets from Dean Writers Circle, Val Ormrod Toni Wilde, Carol Sheppard and Jolie Marchant attended the official press launch and read their poems. As well as the four poets, there were various Yorkley residents and relatives of the famous Yorkley poet F W Harvey.

Alan Day and Paul Stephens-Wood represented Bream Library. Paul and Roger Deeks talked to Nikki Price of BBC Radio Gloucestershire to explain how the Poetry Posts had been established and how poets who live within the Forest area have generously contributed their work.

Over the past year, a Poetry Poetry Post had stood outside Bream Library that has showcased local poets. A new poem is displayed every two to three weeks. There are copies for people to take away in the Library and they also appear on the Bream Library website where they can be downloaded. Bream Library also has an international connection. The Library sponsors a Poetry Post in Portland, Oregon USA where whatever poem is showcased here in the Forest, is also placed on the Oregon post. The three posts sponsored by Bream Library are a simple way to engage people with poetry and encourages thoughts about ourselves and the world we live in.