Poets standing firm against election apathy

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An online campaign to raise awareness of politics will culminate in an evening of poetry and music the night before the general election.

Writers’ collective A Firm of Poets will host the event on May 6 at Wakefield’s Unity Hall as part of their #FirmAgainstApathy campaign.

The group is collecting video clips from writers, musicians and voters which are being uploaded to Youtube and shared with the campaign twitter hashtag.

They are aiming to get 100 poets and musicians to perform at the event.

Ralph Dartford, a founding member of A Firm of Poets, said: “It is going really well.

“Films are being added all the time and we are hoping to have a full house of 100 poets and musicians to perform on the evening.

“People can expect see 100 poems against apathy, hosted by ourselves.

“It’s going to be a party against apathy.”

The campaign was launched to boost voting but also to encouraging people to stay interested in politics whoever wins the election.

Mr Dartford added: “It’s really important to remember that after the election, whoever our leaders are, you have to keep pushing them and stay engaged in politics.”

The free event from 7.30pm at Unity Hall will include performances from a variety of artists including ukelele band Some Like it Ossett.

For more information log on to www.unityworks.co.uk/event/firmagainstapathy or follow @AFirmOfPoets on twitter

#FirmAgaintApathy video clips can be e-mailed to hello@afirmofpoets.com

A Firm of Poets, formed in 2013, have also been booked to play the Latitude festival in Suffolk in July and will start a 20-date national tour, The People’s Republic of Poetry, in the autumn.