The beautiful surroundings of the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences in Cambridge formed the perfect backdrop for the launch of Glass Cases and Curios, a new pamphlet of poetry and art inspired by museums throughout the East of England.
The launch night was a great success, with readings from the booklet by Pete ‘Cardinal’ Cox, Elaine Ewart, Caroline Gill, Pete Irving and J.S. Watts, and the chance for attendees to explore the wonders of the Sedgwick ‘after hours’. With wine and nibbles provided by the Fenland Poet Laureate Programme, it was the perfect way to celebrate the publication of this collection of poetry and art.
The limited edition booklet – which was produced by creative consultant Karen Harvey and Fenland Poet Laureate Leanne Moden – features the work of 22 talented writers and artists from across the Eastern Counties. It includes poems and artwork inspired by the Wisbech and Fenland Museum and other museums. The collection also includes writing from three poet laureates from Fenland, Stamford, and Peterborough, as well as one former Fenland Poet Laureate.
The booklet forms part of Leanne’s remit as the Fenland Poet Laureate, a role that seeks to promote poetry, provide creative opportunities for local people and support poets and writers across the region. The Fenland Poet Laureate Awards were founded in 2011 by Karen Harvey and received initial funding in the form of a coveted Clore Poetry & Literature Award. The Fenland Poet Laureate initiative is now in its third year and has been praised for its role in establishing a shared sense of positive identity in the community, as well as showing local people just how exciting poetry can be.
If you would like a copy of the Glass Cases and Curios Booklet, you can order online by contacting Karen Harvey on info@karen-
harvey.co.uk The booklets are £4 plus 80p postage and package, and can be paid for via cheque or postal order.