Turning bus journeys into poetic trip

Keely Mills
Keely Mills
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The Peterborough Green Festival has announced it’s very first Poet in Residence who will seek her inspiration from the city’s public transport.

Keely Mills, who lives in central Peterborough and was the city’s poet laureate in 2009, has been commissioned to travel on all of the city’s bus routes.

She will write poetry inspired by the journeys she takes and the people she meets while highlighting the routes that keep the heart of the city active.

This work will then be recorded into a sound installation.

Many of the voices used to record the work will not be performers but will include ex-bus drivers and passengers.

The sound installation will be played in several places during the festival week and online.

The festival, which is in its 23rd year, is running this year from May 23 to 31.

Keely, who has performed her poetry across the UK, said: “If you had said to me that I would like the place I live in more by travelling on all of its bus routes I might have laughed a little, but this project is doing that.

“I am a Peterborough girl born and bred, but I am learning so much about the city.

“I have only six routes left to do now and I can’t wait to see what they bring and, if I can, I might sneak some other routes in too!”

Anyone who wishes to become involved in Keely’s project and read out some of her poems can contact her on 07790 275382 or keelyjanemills@gmail.com.

People who want to work with Keely are advised that they will need to be free on April 21, from 6pm to 8pm, and April 23, from 10am to noon.

This year’s festival will be based on the theme of sustainable transport. For more information on the Green Festival visit: www.pect.org.uk/GreenFestival.