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Girl with penLead by performance poet Dan Simpson, Emergent will commission six local poets to compose new poems responding to the exhibition, stories and objects; and lead workshops for emerging writers, local residents & families.

An outdoor poetry trail will display excerpts of the commissions and participants’ poems across Medway’s five town centres - creating a visible path into the libraries to raise the project’s profile and engage new participants.

Participants and local writers will share work at three library ‘open mic’ performance nights, premiering the commissioned poems alongside the work of emerging writers and residents.

The Emergent artists are: