BBC Local Radio and the Forward Arts Foundation, along with the 40 stations of BBC local radio in England, marked National Poetry Day 2016 by each broadcasting a poem commissioned from 40 #BBCLocalPoets.
Each poet adopted the voice of a characteristic local landmark or mascot: from Lincolnshire sausage (Gemma Baker, BBC Radio Lincolnshire) to Essex’s infamous A12 (Luke Wright, BBC Radio Suffolk).
Poet Bridie Squire’s poem of poems, a lyrical mapping of the English landscape, wove elements from the different commissions into a new work.
A Message from Home | Bridie Squire
You can see a selection of the local poems below, or on the BBC’s website.
Essex | Luke Wright
Sheffield | Rachel Bower
Oxford | Lucy Ayrton
Derby | Dan Webber
Nottingham | Georgina Wilding
Gloucestershire | Peter Wyton
You can find the full complement of BBC Local Poets on the dedicated BBC webpage: Find the BBC Local Poet that represented your area.