BOROUGH writers are being asked to send in their poems about Cheshire, with the best being published in a new book out in March.
Cheshire Poet Laureate W Terry Fox wants to update a 70-year-old book titled, Homage to Cheshire, which contains the work of local poet Hedley Lucas.
His poems concentrated on a variety of subjects including Cheshire archers, brass bands, county cheese, chemical workers and Mrs Gaskell.
Mr Fox said: “We are looking for the regionally distinctive, searching for the soul – the very essence of Cheshire.
“It will be there in the landscape, in the buildings Cheshire people live and work in, in what we see through our windows, in our families, in our conversations, in everything we experience under our particular bit of the Cheshire sky.”
County council deputy leader David Rowlands has been involved in the Cheshire Poet Laureate scheme since it began six years ago.
He said: “The poems can be about any subject connected to Cheshire, and can include inspiration about places or where you live, people or institutions.
“I know from past experience when I have been involved in choosing Cheshire’s Poet Laureate that the standard of poems to be included in our new Homage will be extremely high.”
Poets can send their work for the new Homage to Cheshire for 2009 to firstname.lastname@example.org. The closing date is February 2.