The Town of New Glasgow has announced that it will answer the challenge from the Mayor of Regina Michael Fougere to participate in the UNESCO World Poetry Day on March 21 and National Poetry Month in April and will support this challenge for the second consecutive year.
The 2014 Mayor’s Poetry Challenge of Regina is managed by the Saskatchewan Writers Guild and the League of Canadian Poets in Partnership with the City of Regina.
New Glasgow was one of the more than 30 cities and towns from Victoria, BC to St. John’s, NF which took part in the 2013 Challenge. The Town will declare March 21st as UNESCO World Poetry Day and April as National Poetry Month.
For 2014, the Town of New Glasgow are presenting award winning author/poet and PARL Writer in Residence Sheree Fitch as this year’s featured poet. Fitch will present a reading of her poetry, including children’s poetry at the April 14 New Glasgow Council meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. The PARL Adopt-a-Library program will also give children attending the reading in Town Hall a free book.
“As a community which values and celebrates arts and culture, New Glasgow is pleased to have this opportunity to showcase the importance of poetry and writing to our community, our province and our nation,” says New Glasgow Mayor Barrie MacMillan. “This initiative spearheaded by Regina Mayor Fougere is in keeping with our goal to foster artistic excellence and we are proud to be part of this important initiative. To have an author and poet of Ms. Fitch’s calibre will make this a most special event for New Glasgow. We are most grateful to the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library for its support and role in presenting Ms. Fitch as our featured poet and for bringing her to our region as Writer- in- Residence. We hope that families and children’s groups will attend to hear Ms. Fitch’s poetry reading. Everyone is welcome.”
Fitch is an educator, literacy activist and author of award winning poetry, picture books, nonfiction, plays and novels for all ages.