Celebrating National Poetry Day on the buses

19 September 2017

People across South Yorkshire can enjoy a cultured commute by travelling on pop-up ‘poetry buses’ later this month.

‘On the Buses’ is a new event to celebrate National Poetry Day on Thursday 28 September and forms part of the Hear My Voice literary programme which encourages people to express themselves using the written and spoken word.

Bus travellers in Barnsley may be surprised to find poetic musing, songs and live music on their usual commute through the Dearne Valley.

Poet and songwriter Ray Hearne will perform folk songs, stories and poems to passengers aboard bus 66 from Barnsley to Elsecar and The Ukulele Lady and Her Boy - musician Jacqui Wicks and poet Ralph Dartford - will join travellers on bus 59 from Wakefield to Barnsley for a journey with a difference.

National Poetry Day is an annual celebration that inspires people throughout the UK to enjoy, discover and share poems. This year’s theme is freedom.

Poet and songwriter, Ray Hearne, said: “I’m thrilled to be taking part in this event to help the Hear My Voice team celebrate National Poetry Day. There’s an element of surprise involved in our performance so it will be interesting to see how the captive audience reacts. Hopefully they’ll be inspired and share their experience with others throughout their day.”

Tom Sheard, company secretary at Barnsley TUC Training Ltd, said: “Hear My Voice is a fantastic community project which we’re really pleased to support with funding.”

The Hear My Voice programme encourages people to express themselves using the written and spoken word. The programme is coordinated by Barnsley Museums with support from partners including the Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership (DVLP), Barnsley Bus Partnership, Barnsley TUC Training Ltd and Creative Recovery.

The event is free but normal bus fares apply. Bus 59 will depart from Wakefield Bus Station at 11.20am and bus 66 leaves Barnsley Bus Station at 10am on Thursday 28 September.

For more information visit: http://discoverdearne.org.uk/hear-voice-literacy-festival-2017/

Bus timetables are available at: www.barnsley.gov.uk/bus-timetables

 

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Media contact: Charlotte Goldthorpe on 01226 766900 or at charlotte@capitalbmedia.co.uk

Attached image shows Ray Hearne (photo credit: Karl Hurst)

Hear My Voice is a three-year project co-ordinated by Barnsley Museums for the people of Barnsley to express themselves through poetry, the written and spoken word.

Barnsley Museums are working with partners to deliver the Hear My Voice programme. They include the Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership (DVLP), Barnsley Bus Partnership, Barnsley TUC Training Ltd and Creative Recovery.

The Barnsley Museums portfolio is owned and operated by Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council and includes the Cooper Gallery, Cannon Hall, Worsbrough Mill, Elsecar Heritage Centre and Experience Barnsley.

Follow Hear My Voice on Twitter @HearMyVoiceBsly

For more information on Hear My Voice visit: http://discoverdearne.org.uk/hear-voice-literacy-festival-2017/

For more information on Barnsley Museums, contact Devinia Skirrow on 01226 787 944 or at DeviniaSkirrow@barnsley.gov.uk 

National Poetry Day is an annual celebration that inspires people throughout the UK to enjoy, discover and share poems. Everyone is invited to join in, whether by organising events, displays, competitions or by simply posting favourite lines of poetry on social media using #NationalPoetryDay.

National Poetry Day was founded in 1994 by the charity Forward Arts Foundation, whose mission is to celebrate excellence in poetry and increase its audience. The day enjoys the support of the BBC, Arts Council England, the Royal Mail and leading literary and cultural organisations, alongside booksellers, publishers, libraries and schools.

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