WARNER, Tom : Poetry-on-Trent

Nottinghamshire poets are inspired by the River Trent

By Newark Poetry Society


Photo: Illustrative image for the 'WARNER, Tom : Poetry-on-Trent' page

Photo: Illustrative image for the 'WARNER, Tom : Poetry-on-Trent' page

The audio files on this page are extracts from the Poetry-on-Trent archive comprising locally inspired writing and verse from professional and new writers


About the Project

The Poetry-on-Trent project was led by Newark's Poet-in-Residence, Tom Warner.

Funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England the project aimed to explore the way in which all our lives in Nottinghamshire are influenced by the river.  Running throughout the autumn and winter of 2009/10 a series of open workshops and drop-in sessions were hosted by Newark Library and Newark Millgate Museum, with around 150 people taking part.

The project has received major high profile support from the former Poet Laureate, Sir Andrew Motion.  Listen to his endorsement by clicking on the audio bar below.

Participants worked with Tom to produce their own poems about the Trent and its environs.  Some came from the town's well-established poetry society www.newarkpoetrysociety.co.uk, whilst others were entirely new to poetry writing.  In the end fifteen people volunteered to record their work, examples of which may be heard below.

Photo:Sir Andrew Motion

Sir Andrew Motion

Tom Warner

Tom has been identified by Britain's pre-eminent publishers of poetry, Faber & Faber, as a major new talent, and they have designated him a 'Faber New poet' for 2010.  Tom is also a winner of the prestigious Eric Gregory Award for poetry from the Society of Authors.

His new, eponymously titled collection of poems has been recently published by Faber & Faber in their Faber New poets series (isbn 978 057 125 0028)

Photo:Tom Warner

Tom Warner


Sir Andrew Motion, former Poet Laureate, supports Poetry-on-Trent

"I wish everyone concerned the greatest success...."

Tom Warner "The Trent Boater's Handbook"

Catherine Parker "Fatal Reflections of a River Goddess"

Les Reid "The Leicester Trader"


Gilbert Willows "Victim of the River Trent" (prose)

This page was added by Tim Warner on 30/06/2010.

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