Sunday saw the launch of the third series of Poems on the Buses. All 33 Islands Coachways buses are now exhibiting works by local poets of all ages.
The competition, which encouraged locals from all over the island to submit poetry on the theme of Memories, saw submissions rise this year and ended well into the hundreds, many of which came from children as young as eleven.
Catriona Stares, one of the Guernsey Arts Commissioners and one of the organisers of the event has been absolutely thrilled with this year’s competition “The task of judging has been more difficult this year, the number of entrants and the quality of their work has been fantastic. Whilst one or two entries arrived from established local poets, the great majority received were from first-timer writers, many of whom have never exhibited their work in this way before which makes the event even more exciting”
Each successful poem has been printed on to posters to occupy a large interior panel on one of the thirty-three buses and will appear along with an exciting new Poems on the Buses logo created by local illustrator, Ryan de Haaff.
An island-wide Competition for bus-travelling Poetry Spotters has been launched in conjunction with the new poems. Details of this along with entry forms can be obtained from the Visit Guernsey Offices, the Guille Alles library, and other locations around the island as well as on the Guernsey Arts Commission Website.
Check out Gary Burgess’ report on the BBC Guernsey website: