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Young Poet Laureate Blog by Claire Guest

Claire Guest was the Young Poet Laureate for Birmingham, 2012-2013. In her blog, she talked about what it was like to be a poetry ambassador for Britain's second city.

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28 May - Fostering Fiesta

Today I was at Aston Villa Football Ground
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17 May - Leaving School

End of an era; today was my last day at Sutton Girls before going on study leave.
Middle Earth Weekend

11 and 12 May - Middle Earth

This weekend I performed at Middle Earth Festival with Birmingham Poet Laureate Stephen Morrison-Burke.
Young Poet Laureate poems

12 April - Poetry by Heart

Today I was at Solihull Arts Complex to judge the area heats of the Poetry by Heart competition.
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27 February - Poetry at Aston Manor Academy

Today I was at Aston Manor Academy, doing a workshop with a group of Y7 and 8s.
Holocaust Memorial Day 2013 - Communities Together - Build a Bridge

27 January - Holocaust Memorial Day

Today, I was at the Town Hall in Birmingham to take part in the Holocaust Memorial Day service, reading a poem I had written for it.
Young Poet Laureate Christmas blog

January 2013 - Christmas Poetry

In the run up to Christmas, I was asked to write a poem for the school Christmas carol concert.
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28 November - Poetry Workshop at Broadway School

I was so excited to run my first poetry workshop today.
Young Poet Laureate blog

22 November - Poetry Slam

Today I was at the library theatre in Birmingham to judge the school's anti-bullying poetry slam. This was the first poetry slam I’ve ever been to, so though I was very excited.
Silk embroidered postcard

11 November - Remembrance Sunday

I was invited by the Lord Mayor to attend the memorial service in Centenary Square.
Pudsey from Children in Need

10 November - Children in Need

With Children in Need coming up on the 16th, my school has asked me to write a poem for it, and perform it in assemblies during the week leading up to it.
Claire Guest at Peter's Booksellers

22 October - Trip to Peter's booksellers

Today I went to Peter's Booksellers to spend my £100 book vouchers.
Claire Guest being presented with a gift voucher by Rachel Lindsay from Peters

4 October - National Poetry Day

I missed the afternoon of school (woo!) to go to Birmingham Central Library, where Adrian Goldberg from BBC WM announced me as the eighth Birmingham Young Poet Laureate.
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