And So It Goes…#452

Here’s something I’ve WikiLeaked from my very own archives :- This validates my assertion,long held,that Wakefield would be better off being obliterated by a meteorite than what it has endured from its own City leaders over the years.

New schools’ venture for city is well-versed

Updated on the18April 2005 10:44

Published 18/04/2005 09:21





A NEW joint venture aimed at bringing poetry into schools across the Wakefield diocese was being launched today.

Poetry Wakefield is the idea of Cathedral poet-in-residence Louis Kasatkin, the Cathedral Poets and the Black Horse Poets, and is sponsored by Yorkshire Forward, the regional development agency.

It takes the form of a quarterly booklet of poems and information about poetry and has won the full support of the Bishop of Wakefield, the Right Rev Stephen Platten, who has even written a verse which is included in the first issue. It goes:

There was a young man of Cleckheaton

Whose verses were not worth repeating

For first he would swear

Then fly into the air

With rhymes that were no’but expleting.

He said: “This is the sort of writing that Poetry Wakefield: City and Diocese will not encourage! But my doggerel limerick does draw attention to the need to encourage young poets in schools throughout the Diocese of Wakefield.


“This, Louis Kastakin, the Cathedral Poets and others intend to encourage. Yorkshire Forward has given us financial support and so we hope to be given further support by other bodies too.

“The production of a quarterly periodical will allow us to bring together the poetic talents of West Yorkshire and to encourage others to write. Who knows – even I may improve my versing if I become a regular reader.”

The launch was being carried out at Treacy Hall at the Cathedral.

Mr Kastakin, who has been poet-in-residence at the Cathedral since 2001, said: “This is another very real and tangible step in awakening the sleeping giant of poetry within schools and the local community.”

The two poets’ groups have set a goal of establishing an annual ‘Gissing Prize for Schools’ named after Wakefield-born George Gissing, one of England’s leading 19th century writers.

He was born in 1857 in Wakefield city centre in Thompson’s Yard, off Westgate.

He died in 1904 having written 23 novels, one of which, A Life’s Morning, is set in a thinly-disguised Wakefield and was re-published in a limited edition by the Gissing Trust last yea r to mark the 100th anniversary of his death.

In his hey day, Gissing was a literary superstar and his work still attracts devoted attention from academics, writers and readers around the world.


Letters supporting a bid by the poets for Arts Council funding have been sent by Bishop Platten, former Wakefield MP David Hinchliffe, Wakefield Local Education Authority and the Wakefield Diocesan Board of Education.

Local museums, galleries, libraries, the Cathedral and Ottakar’s bookstore will all stock the quarterly.

Addendum : and of course the funding ran out.


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