Poetry in Motion
A series of poems created by Merseyside women are being displayed across the Merseyrail network.
Called ‘Enabling Voices’, the works are part of the ‘Enabling Choices’ project, which has given women the opportunity to express their hidden literary talents and celebrate their contribution to Merseyside society.
The poems, put forward by women living and working across Liverpool and Greater Merseyside, go on display at a number of stations from today and the scheme was launched officially at Moorfields and Hunts Cross Merseyrail stations.
Enabling Choices is a partnership between women across the public sector in Merseyside.
Liverpool councillor Flo Clucas chairs the partnership, which has the support of women across the region including some of the region’s female MPs. She said: “We are delighted so many women have shared their literary talents with us. The calibre of poetry was exceptional and we were amazed by the support this project has received. Everyone who has taken part and bared a little bit of their soul in these poems deserves praise.”
One of the women taking part in the project is Fakhira Ali, from Aigburth, with her poem “Curried Scouse”.
Fakhira said: “I’d written many years ago in university but hadn’t put pen to paper for over 10 years until I heard about this project. Out of curiosity I sent a poem in and I was made up when it was chosen. It’s boosted my confidence to do more writing and it has inspired me to write the book I have always wanted to.”
A book of all of the poems will be published in the spring and a copy will be distributed to everyone who took part.