IN the words of John Gorman, entertainer, poet, wordsmith and Hoylake resident “What’s in another tree? What’s a Poet? What about when you put a Poet with a Tree? Simple! You have a Poet Tree … Poetry … poeTree”.
And after the planting, the Wirral Young Poet Laureate, Beth Kady read a commissioned poem, Ode to a Tree, followed by Jess Yung, Young Poet Laureate 2010.
Then several poets, including Graham Robinson, Poets’ Corner, Alan Johnson, Cheshire Poets, Clare Kirwan, Dead Good Poets and Liam Brayd, Wirral Alliance of Poets, read poems. All the poems were hung on the tree for passers-by to browse, or to add to.
The three metre sapling is a Dawn Redwood and was especially chosen and donated by the council’s technical services department.
As well as being a permanent feature for Poetry on the Wirral, the poeTree will become part of the planned World’s First Permanent Urban Arts Trail.
It seemed a happy coincidence on the weekend the government announced plans for more poetry to be taught and used in primary schools to improve children’s literacy.
I’d like to think Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education, took his inspiration from Hoylake and that from little poetry saplings mighty literacy trees grow!