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How poets and pubs have come together for a positive collaboration

Peterborough poet Charley Genever has penned a piece about pubs - to spread some cheer to people in the local community.
Charley Genever, former Peterborough Poet Laureate, has penned a poem to honour pubs

The poem has been commissioned for pubs in East Anglia by the arts project INN CROWD, and is written by former Peterborough Poet Laureate Charley Genever.

Charley's poem is part of a national campaign called 'Winter Warmers' that aims to help bring some cheer and hope to publicans, their staff and their local communities while pubs are closed.

Postcards featuring Charley's poem are being given away in customers' takeaway bags or food boxes, or posted through doors of people who may be struggling with a cheery note from East Anglian publicans.

Charley, who has co-run a poetry night for the past three years at The Stoneworks bar in Peterborough, said: "The 'Winter Warmers' campaign is a brilliant chance for me to give something back, particularly at a time like this. I think pubs are such creative spaces, and I love being a part of a project that is celebrating community and creativity.

"I wanted to capture some of the memories and feelings I always associate with being at my local and celebrate how pubs really do champion communities. I hope that other people will be inspired to think about their fond memories of being in a pub."

CharleypoempostcardThe postcards are handed out in food deliveries. By Pub is the Hub

The 'Winter Warmers' campaign has been created by two groups: Pub is The Hub, the independent not-for-profit organisation that offers specialist advice on the diversification of services at rural pubs and ways publicans can support their local communities, and INN CROWD, which works with pubs to provide them access to professional live literature, which is specially commissioned for pub audiences.

INN CROWD’s Dawn Badland said: "These two sectors, pubs and the arts, which have been among the hardest hit in this pandemic, make an invaluable contribution to our society, and it is brilliant to be able to come together with Pub is The Hub to do something positive for the publicans and artists working in them."