Over 400 poets contributed 800 poems to celebrate Liverpool's 800th year. You can read them all here, just click anywhere on the picture of the Liver Building. Alternatively, you can select poems from a list

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Daily Poem

Does Walton Vale Know a Song of Me?

If I know a song of Walton Vale
Of the thunderous traffic noise, and its fumes,
Choking conversation.
Of the broken pavements,
And puddles, washed by tyres over pedestrians,
Does Walton Vale know a song of me?

If I know a song of Walton Vale
Boiling in the summer sun, with no shade,
Or in the winter time
In rain and snow and wind.
So many seasons’ cycles I have passed that way,
Does Walton Vale know a song of me?

Is there a memory of a small girl,
Running home from school on hot summer days,
To see if Dad is home?
Or of a young woman,
Walking to work in the bank, going home for lunch.
Does Walton Vale know that song of me?

And as a young mother with a pram
I shopped, and strolled and chatted every day.
Me, my Mother and child.
In prams, and then in hand,
My children went to my old school, and grew, and left.
Does Walton Vale know that song of me?

And when we’re older, Mother and I,
We spend another decade on the Vale.
Children gone to big school,
We keep our old routine.
New shops, new pavements, new barriers, and old friends.
Does Walton Vale know that song of me?

As child; then worker, mother, carer
Have my many footsteps left their echo?
And is my shadow there?
And my name remembered?
And does my voice still ring, above the traffic’s roar?
Does Walton Vale know a song of me?

Ellen Grace Spears

Future Plans

To we tried to get poem800 published in book form but with 800 poems we couldn't find a publisher, also it was too expensive for us to print ourselves via vanity press so we regret that we have been unable to get it published. But we decided to leave it published on the internet i.e. running with a random poem every day (at our expense) and if anyone has any ideas on how to publish please get in touch.

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Great Links

Pete Price Radio City 10.00 pm Sun - Thursday (read him some poetry!)

Claire Hamilton Arts and Culture Show Sunday 1-4pm Radio Merseyside

Write Out Loud
Dead Good Poets Society
Magical History Tour
The celebrations for 700 years in 1907

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