VERSES: Poets in residence in Maitland

WRITING: Poet Pip Sheehan at Readers Cafe & Larder at East Maitland. Pip is one of the poets writing in public spaces around Maitland. Picture: Simone De Peak

WRITING: Poet Pip Sheehan at Readers Cafe & Larder at East Maitland. Pip is one of the poets writing in public spaces around Maitland. Picture: Simone De Peak

Have you spotted a person at your local cafe with their head down, scribbling on a piece of parchment? They are probably one of the eight poets in residence around Maitland.

As part of Maitland City Council’s cultural program, a group of artists have settled into the city’s countless cafes to practice their craft.

“The program is called Verses,” Maitland City Council librarian Keryl Collard said.

“They will be writing poetry and enriching the cultural life of the cafe.”

WRITING: Poet Pip Sheehan at Readers Cafe & Larder at East Maitland. Pip is one of the poets writing in public spaces around Maitland. Picture: Simone De Peak

WRITING: Poet Pip Sheehan at Readers Cafe & Larder at East Maitland. Pip is one of the poets writing in public spaces around Maitland. Picture: Simone De Peak

Verses is a pilot program and will operate for three to six months. 

“We want to cultivate a vibrant culture and build on the existing strengths of Maitland as a cultural hub,” she said.

“Poetry is a form of creative expression, it speaks to us all.”

Residents are encouraged to engage with the impressive line-up of poets, which includes National Poetry Slam finalist Gillian Swain and published spoken word poet Pip Sheehan. Further details can be found at www.maitland.nsw.gov.au

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