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Poet shares video performance to mark National Poetry Month

Poet shares video performance to mark National Poetry Month

by Danielle Thompson (April 2020)

A ‘READING hero’ has shared a video recording of himself reading his poems to mark National Poetry Month.

Award winning Edge Hill University alumnus and poet Paul Cookson shared this video of himself reading his poems: https://ehu.ac.uk/5xs 

He is backing Liverpool’s Year of Reading campaign, which the Ormskirk university is supporting to improve literacy across the city.

Paul, who has worked as a poet since 1989 after qualifying as a teacher, has visited thousands of schools to share his passion for reading with pupils and staff. When he learnt that his former University was an official partner for #LiverpoolReads – a 12-month initiative launched by Liverpool City Council and key partners – he wanted to get behind the programme to inspire people to spend some quality time with the written word.

Paul said: “It’s great to see my old University Edge Hill working with Liverpool City Council with the Year of Reading campaign. Now more than ever in this lockdown situation it’s a great time to discover new books, or rediscover old books and just lose yourself in reading, whether it’s poems, stories, comics, or magazines. I love returning to books.”

With more than sixty titles to his name, Paul, who lives in Retford with his wife and several ukuleles, has sold more than three quarters of a million books and was awarded National Reading Hero status in 2008. He is the official Poet in Residence for the National Football Museum, Poetry Ambassador for United Learning, Poet Laureate for Slade and worked as the official poet for the Everton Collection at Liverpool Library. He has recently written a poem for Everton FC called ‘Home’ for their season ticket campaign.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson has designated 2020 to be the year of #LiverpoolReads in a bid to improve literacy across the city. Everyone will be encouraged to get involved. Whether it’s parents reading to the youngest children to get them excited about stories, or grown-ups who may not have picked up a book since they left school there will be something for everyone throughout the year.

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