Introducing Buckinghamshire Libraries' Poets in Residence
Three poets have been appointed to spend time in three Buckinghamshire Libraries during April and May. Aoife Mannix will be working in Wendover, Desree in Burnham and Simon Mole in Hazlemere. Each will spend time getting to know their host library, its users and the local woodlands. They will then draw inspiration to compose a collection of original poems connected to each place which will be displayed in and around the library during June to coincide with the Jubilee celebrations.
As well as spending time in the library, where users will be able to chat and get to know each poet, they will each be running workshops on writing poetry for local community groups and schools.
For more information about our Poets in Residence and to view what’s on please visit:
- Burnham Community Library workshops
- Hazlemere Library workshops
- Wendover Community Library workshops
About the Artists
Aoife Mannix is a poet and writer with extensive experience of working in community settings and libraries. She has published four collections of poetry and a novel. She has previously been poet in residence for the Royal Shakespeare Company and BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live. She has a PhD in creative writing from Goldsmiths, University of London. She has been writer in residence for Beckenham Library, Portsmouth Museum, and the Bronte Parsonage as well as Gosport Gallery’s Artists Rifles Exhibition and previously worked in Buckinghamshire Libraries on the Soap and Porridge exhibition with Tom Cross.
Desree is a spoken word artist, writer and facilitator based in London and Slough. A finalist in 2018’s Hammer & Tongue competition and TEDx speaker, Desree has featured at events around the UK and internationally, including Glastonbury Festival, Bowery Poetry Club New York and at the Royal Albert Hall. In 2019, Desree paired with visual artist Siannon Saunders, to create her first zine Find Yourself A Place and in 2020, she released her first single Home alongside Brighton based artist and producer, Bessi. Following the sell-out of Desree's first self-published pamphlet I Find My Strength In Simple Things in 2017, Burning Eye Books republished the pamphlet in May 2021. As a spoken word educator and facilitator, Desree uses her art to engage with young people and adults in schools, youth groups, offices and organisations – anywhere people have a story.
Simon Mole is an acclaimed children’s poet (and sleep deprived dad) who has shared stages with Michael Rosen, John Hegley and Simon Armitage. His first picture book Kites was published in 2019, followed by I Love My Bike in 2021. Simon is a National Poetry Day Ambassador, with over ten years’ experience using rap and poetry in community and education settings, including projects with Great Ormond Street Hospital and Arsenal Football Club. The tutorial videos at his YouTube channel are used by hundreds of thousands of children and teachers across the world each year, and have been featured on BBC Bitesize.
The project is commissioned by Farnham Maltings using funding from the Rothschild Foundation and in partnership with Buckinghamshire Libraries.