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Worcester Porcelain Poetry Challenge


Worcester Porcelain Poetry Challenge
12 midday to 3pm on
Thursday 6 October and running to Monday 31 October 2016

Suz Winspear, the Museum of Royal Worcester’s Poet in Residence, will perform her poems between 12 and 3 pm in the Museum galleries on International Poetry Day, Thursday 6 October.

Suz will also launch the Museum’s very first poetry competition the ‘Worcester Porcelain Poetry Challenge’ and invite everyone over the age of 18 to write an original unpublished poem inspired by the Museum’s collections or the factory works.

Suz says ‘Worcester Porcelain has long been part of my life. When I first came to the city, I went on a tour of the factory – and now wish I could remember more of what I saw that afternoon!’. ‘I have acquired a small study collection of my own –most of it chipped and cracked and can regularly be seen going around the local charity shops looking for forgotten treasures! Damaged porcelain is just as good as perfect porcelain to work from, and it still retains its essential magic. There is something wonderful about holding a two hundred year old teacup and thinking about the people who made it, the people who drank tea from it and the miracle by which such a fragile thing has survived the centuries!

I aim to celebrate the ordinary working-class Worcester people whose astonishing imagination, creativity, skill and artistry created the most beautiful porcelain in the world, people whose names and stories might be unrecorded and lost, but who left an enduring legacy of ceramic perfection.’

For competition rules and guidelines, please contact or call into the Museum to gain inspiration for

your poem and pick up a promotional leaflet!