“A Sense Of Place” // Anthology Dedicated to North Lincolnshire

A book full of poems by local people has been put together to create “A Sense of Place Poetry Anthology”

In 2017 Ian McMillan, professional poet, journalist, playwright and broadcaster made a special visit to North Lincolnshire. During this visit he penned a poem, inspired by North Lincolnshire, called ‘Open the Book’.

In recognition of his gift to our area, a competition was held for people to take part in the Sense of Place poetry competition. There was an overwhelming response, receiving an array of incredible poems that truly celebrate the best of North Lincolnshire.

There was a category for children and one for  over 18’s.

Here is a collection the winners poems.

CLICK FOR “A SENSE OF WORDS PDF

The winning Poem for over 18’s:

The Place I Call Home

The place I call home
People often groan
There’s nothing to do here; nothing to see
If they open their eyes
There’s a world of possibility
Look past the rigid steel exterior
And search for the beauty inside
Behind the smoke and chimney’s
Rabbits run wild and birds take flight
Foxes roam on through the night
The fields, the woodlands
Watch the deer run free
Across the fairway into the trees
A whole world of wonderment and nature
Just waiting to be seen
Kingsway, Twigmoor and Ashby Ville
Normanby Park and Alkborough’s maze on the hill
Take a walk down the mud tracks
Feel the leaves beneath your feet
Look up, look down
Let your eyes wander around
This is North Lincolnshire
And this is where we start

Local music shows passion
With homegrown lyrics
The crowds chant a chorus
The echo around the room; the atmosphere
Their music was made here
Maybe in a kitchen
Or out back in a shed
The ideas, the knowledge
North Lincs brought inspiration to somebody’s head
The good people do here
Even the people on tour
Lights and laughs in The Baths Hall
The memories held in its old walls
To the new auditorium that will bring even more
This is North Lincs
And this is where I grow
Maybe I’ll stay here
It’s the place I call home


Under 18’s:

A Poem About North Lincolnshire

This is the place, we live right here,
In the jolly old county of North Lincolnshire,
Breath in the air, take in the sights,
As I name the many attractions, day until night,
So I’ll start with the boss, it’s a great privilege,
To tell you… of the mighty Humber Bridge!
As you drive along its stretch, it holds you up,
On duty all day, it never really stops,
It used to be the biggest, the biggest of its kind,
Standing on its structure, oh the beauty you will find,
As you gaze upon this giant, your legs will start to shiver,
As you suddenly look down, and see the Humber River!
All this and more, everything right here,
In the jolly old county of North Lincolnshire,
So you fancy a stroll, no need to remark,
When you have the many acres of Normanby Park!
Long walks and trails, ponds all so near,
And if you’re really, really lucky you might just find some deer!

Source: http://www.northlincs.gov.uk/schools-libraries-learning/schools-colleges-education/words-count-north-lincs/words-count/

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