A GROUP which aims to get more people in the Black Country writing, enjoying, and listening to poetry is inviting first-time writers and experienced poets to share a poem about Stourbridge.

Facebook group Poets, Prattlers, and Pandemonialists is running a series of online poetry activities across the Black Country this month and next - and as part of the Stay Up Your Own End project, commissioned by Creative Black Country, people are invited to submit a poem about Stourbridge or its surrounding areas.

Writers are invited to choose a location - somewhere they can remember vividly or somewhere on the doorstep that can be easily visited - and take the reader there in the poem.

It could be childhood memories of Mary Stevens Park, the Red House Glass Cone at Wordsley or a walk along Stourbridge Canal.

Anyone can submit a poem. They should be emailed to poetsprattlerspandemonialists@gmail.com by midday on Sunday July 5.

All poems received will be posted on the group's Facebook page, Poets, Prattlers, and Pandemonialists, on Monday July 6.

One will be chosen as the ‘judge’s favourite’ and there'll be a £25 prize for the author, plus the chance to work with the group on creating a video of the piece for a grand finale event on July 20.

Steve Pottinger of Poets, Prattlers and Pandemonialists, said: "We want to hear from as many different Stourbridge voices as possible.

"Our thanks go to Creative Black Country for commissioning this project so that people can engage with the arts while regular live events are impossible due to COVID-19."

The group goes live on Facebook on Monday evenings - with the event dedicated to Stourbridge taking place on Monday July 6.