Well-versed presenters join in the celebrations for National Poetry Day

Paul Golder writes for the Brentwood Gazette

We’ve been celebrating National Poetry Day on Phoenix FM, which took place on Thursday 7th October.

We’ve got a head start in that we already have two published poets on the station – our Drive presenter Stewart Pink, and our Arts Programme co-host Rob West. Well we may have more, but they’re the ones I know about!

Stewart and Rob not only talked on air, but they also took place at a special event at the Chicken and Frog bookshop in Brentwood town centre. A mixed bunch of lovely people gathered in the bookshop to share their experiences of poetry. Stewart and Rob performed some of their poetry and then together wrote a witty ditty as a group, where everyone contributed a line to a random rhyming poem. Hopefully they managed to inspire a few new poets to write something of their own.

It wasn’t just Phoenix FM presenters who we featured on air – Rob also chatted to Essex “pop poet” Martin Newell, who has been writing poetry for many years. Martin is a fascinating character who has also been writing and recording music for many years with his band The Cleaners From Venus – his 1982 track “Wivenhoe Bells II” remains one of my favourite Essex-themed songs.

You can hear Stewart and Rob’s interviews again on phoenixfm.com.

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