The poets in this anthology are all members of Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre’s Elders Company and are sharing their poems with you in the hope that they will inspire you to write and create your own poetry.
As you will read, almost all of the participants had never written any poetry before joining workshops with poet Oliver Lomax in January 2020 and all of the work included was created over a two day period.
Many of the Elders have continued to write and have reported back that it has been a useful way to express their thoughts and feelings, particularly during this difficult time of self-isolation. As a result, they are passionate about offering this experience to other people of a similar age group and want to share their experience of beginning to write for the first time with you as well as some writing tips that they think might be helpful for you to begin your own poems.
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