Petersfield Museum (Visit Hampshire)

Petersfield Museum’s first Creative in Residence to crowdsource local poem

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The newly created role will see Hampshire poet Ellora Sutton weave experiences of Petersfield into a ‘found poem’.

Petersfield Museum has appointed Hampshire poet Ellora Sutton as its first ‘Creative in Residence’, who in the new role will create a ‘found poem’ about the town.

Sutton has previously written poetry based on the life and work of local poet Edward Thomas and his wife, Helen Thomas. Her inspiration and research for her finished work, ‘Fine Though Sometimes Broken’, came from her access to The Edward Thomas Study Centre, a resource dedicated to the English poet.

She was formerly a poet in residence at Jane Austen’s House, and began working with Petersfield Museum under the same title before being made Creative in Residence. The Museum said it will look to appoint further creatives into the new role for three-month stints.

As part of the new role Sutton is asking people with experience of Petersfield to send in their thoughts about the town. Those responses will be worked into a ‘found poem’, titled ‘A Poem for Petersfield, By Petersfield’.

Those interested in contributing will be able to meet Sutton and hear some of the poems she created as part of her residency at our ‘Poetry @ the Museum’ event on Saturday 11 June.