Ossett Observer Presents wins funding to send A Firm of Poets on tour

A Firm of Poets
A Firm of Poets

An arts group has won funding to send a poetry group on their first national tour.

Ossett Observer Presents has received a grant from the Arts Council which will see A Firm of Poets will embark on a huge tour to bring poetry to the people.

The group of poets includes Ossett duo Ralph Dartford and Matt Abbott.

The tour marks another funding success for the Ossett Observer, a re-imagining of the old newspaper, which was founded by Jacqui Wicks and Mr Dartford in 2011.

Ossett Observer Presents has delivered a host of artistic projects to Wakefield including Flock to Ossett, 1,000 Snowflakes and in partnership with Trinity Church, Ossett, London Community Gospel Choir and John Godber’s Theatre Company.

Last year they also worked with Wakefield Literature Festival to bring A Festival In A Day.

Founder Jacqui Wicks said: “Ossett Observer is thrilled to be promoting our first national tour. Working with A Firm Of Poets means we can take our brand of high quality participatory arts to many other towns and cities in the UK.”

The People’s Republic of Poetry tour will visit 19 different venues from Colchester to Whitby this autumn, including a hometown show at Unity Hall on November 26.

The show invites budding poets to get involved in a daytime workshop before taking part in the evening performance. Mr Dartford and Mr Abbott will also be joined by a host of acclaimed spoken word artists including Luke Wright, Martin Figura, Julia Bird, Kate Fox, Zena Edwards and Helen Mort.

Several of those poets gathered at Rickaro Books, on High Street, Horbury recently to film a TouTube clip about their work.