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Platform Poetry is celebrating its fourth year, writes Mary Duggan

John Cole, Mary Duggan, Rob Saunders and John Proctor (credit Jake Proctor)
John Cole, Mary Duggan, Rob Saunders and John Proctor (credit Jake Proctor)

It’s not only the scenery catching the traveller’s eye along the Hertford Loop Line but the muse of rhythm and rhyme!

Giving expression to the flora, fauna, travel, and life seen by the everyday traveller, Platform Poetry is now celebrating its fourth year. The project was originally instigated by myself as a curator poet, from an initial start with Dave Cockle of The Enfield Society and spurred on by John Cole who runs Friends of Gordon Hill Station where I am also resident poet.

Enfield Poets founder Anthony Fisher contacted Paul Everitt who created the magical design for the poems of Platform Poetry to sit, happily within an old school iconic British Rail aesthetic display for the poems.

Each poetry display carries a QR code for the busy traveller to link to the Enfield Poets dedicated Platform Poetry web page. They sit within photographic exhibitions, pictographic maps, mosaics, and children’s artwork along the various London-bound station platforms of the Hertford Loop Line.

Vicky Olliver’s poem Great Northern can now be seen at Gordon Hill Station’s waiting room, while the most recent poem showing at Enfield Chase Station is London Calling by Rob Saunders.

Rob often teams up with guitarist John Proctor to perform poems across North London, most recently at Forty Hall and at a Royal Society of Arts poetry event. He is part of a free, friendly fortnightly workshop on Friday afternoons at Dugdale Arts Centre in Enfield Town.


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