She is Sabrina, wending through Worcester, gestures: splashes rock in moonlight on windborne scents of cow parsley and whispering waters, her shadow caught by the clan. Paths millions of years old age around smooth muds trodden by man. She snakes through four counties, visits the fairest cities, leaves her sister to landscape purple hills and golden valleys, but she never strays far from the haunts of men. All this we know as we hear of rivers swooping and dancing, see eyes close romancing and glancing at words to celebrate the place in which we stay. It’s midsummer – midsummer eve.
Four finalists battled for the laureateship yesterday and the judges reported a tough decision, but the one they made was fitting. Ade Couper delivered two splendid poems which set him up for a year as Worcestershire Poet Laureate 2021-2022.
Many congratulations, Ade.
Also, congratulations to all the successful Young Writers who entered the WLF Young Writer competition – many of their stories were read out and enjoyed by so many. They were lucky to have the good offices of Kevin Brooke, the Worcestershire LitFest & Fringe Youth Ambassador to introduce them to the competition and support them while entering.