The Labour leader said today: “I think many people write off contemporary poetry as being just a lot of bores reading second-rate ‘poetry’ to each other at their interminable and excruciating ‘gigs’ where ego exceeds talent but I think, as Shelley pointed out, it has the potential to change the world.”
Arabella, whose new book, Yo Bella! has just been published by Dirty Denizen Press, runs the pioneering Poetry Nuggets Project at Paradise Vale where employees write haiku in their lunch-break. "We are very keen not to be seen as anti-business," says Arabella, "so we invite senior management and HR into the workshops to make sure there is no inappropriate satire. Staff are very excited at the imminent launch of the new line, Turkey Tickle Balls, but they still found time to throw themselves into the poetry workshop."
Arabella's new collection has received a welcome boost from the news. "All my Facebook friends are thrilled for me," she says. "They all say they plan to buy a copy and some say they will buy three copies. I am thrilled and excited."
Jeremy Corbyn is 66.