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I came across Places of Poetry – it’s running to mid-October, so lots of time for people to submit. It’s open to all readers and writers, and aims to use creative writing to prompt reflection on national and cultural identities in England and Wales, celebrating the diversity, heritage and personalities of place.

The site is open for writers to pin their poems to places from 31 May to 4 October 2019. It will then be closed for new poems but will remain available for readers. Writers of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to take part and help gather as many perspectives on the places and histories of England and Wales.

– Ed Prichard

My friends and I have a liking for what we call ‘The Museum of three-fiftiness’. It started some years back near Aylesbury when we found a museum of Waterwheels that was £3.50 to get in. Britain, and indeed the world, is full of these small museums. Turnips, Monkfish, Tarot, Cummerbunds; there will be a museum of three-fiftiness for them all. So my recommendation to all and sundry just now is to go to The Pencil Museum in Keswick in the Lakes. And exit through the gift shop of course, because you can never have enough pencils.

– Steve Boyle

I recommend you plan a trip to Edinburgh this August. The Festival and the Fringe are always packed with things to see but the best is the Edinburgh International Book Festival in Charlotte Square with hundreds of writers talking about books and writing.

– John Simmons

I read a collection of essays by Jane Hirshfield called Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry. It’s full of profound insights lightly expressed, covering every aspect of reading, writing and translating poetry. Much of what she has to say reaches far beyond poetry and considers bigger questions such as why we write, the nature of truth, and how language construction shapes meaning.

I’ll be keeping it to hand as I do Arvon’s free online 5-Day Poetry Challenge next week, to mark National Writing Day. Quite a few 26 members have already signed up and it’s not too late to join us – take a look. – Jill Hopp

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