Poet crowned at ceremony

New Peterborough Poet Laureate Charley Genever with, runners-up Claire Currie and Alun Williams
New Peterborough Poet Laureate Charley Genever with, runners-up Claire Currie and Alun Williams
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Peterborough’s new poet laureate is hoping to bring a new audience to the city’s growing artistic scene - with a style that does not use rhymes.

Charley Genever (24) picked up the title of Peerborough Poet Laureate at a ceremony last week.

The Netherton poet will now use her post to visit schools to encourage youngsters to pick their pens and write their own works.

Charley said: “It was a bit of a surprise to win. It is still sinking in to be honest.”

Charley said she had only been writing poetry for a few years, having picked it up at university.

She said: “I studied English Literature and creative writing at university in Aberystwyth. I had always been interested in poetry, but I only started writing properly when I went to university as part of my course. It really taught me about different styles and themes for my work.

“The defining moment for getting into performance poetry was watching YouTube channel Button Poetry.

“One of my poetry idols is Warsan Shire - I don;t really like rhymes, I prefer free writing. During my year in the role I want to go and visit schools, and encourage a younger audience in schools.

“We have a growing poetry school in Peterborough, and it would be nice to see more people at events.”

People will be able to see Charley perform at the monthly Pint of Poetry and a Dash of Drama evenings. The next free session is held at Charters Bar at Town Bridge, Peterborough on Wednesday, December 8 at 8pm.