7th Jun, 2020

Poetry and short stories sought for new Lickey Hills book

A GROUP behind a book to celebrate the Lickey Hills wants people to submit poetry and prose about the beauty spot.

Former Poet Laureate of Birmingham Giovanni Esposito, aka Spoz, has teamed up with the Lickey Hills Society to create the collection and are hoping contributors come forward.

Spoz said: “You may have a short story, a poem or a piece of prose you want to submit and share.

“You may have lived around The Lickey Hills for years, lived around the Lickeys then moved away, or just popped by for a day trip, or a round of golf – everyone of all ages are welcome to send in their work.”

Submitting work is free and work should be a maximum of 400 words.

Everyone published in the book will receive a free copy and all the cash raised from it will go towards enhancing the rangers’ work on the Lickeys through the society.

Spoz will also be running some writing workshops for anyone who needs a helping hand. Dates and locations will be announced in the coming weeks.

Spoz added: “The Lickeys were such an important and beautiful part of my childhood and now, adulthood.

“I have so many stories about the place and I’m sure many people have too.

“I’m so excited to bring so many people together to share the common love for The Lickeys. This would not be possible without the help and funding from The Lickey Hills Society – I want to thank them so much.”

The deadline for submissions is July 3.

Email the Lickey Hills Society at lickey.hub@birmingham.gov.uk for more information.

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