‘A Tale of Two Cities’ Project Go Ahead!

James Wellman Photography

© 2017 James Wellman

On July 4th (suitably for America) I contacted the Cultural Development Division in Worcester Massachusetts with a proposal for a Twin City Project ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ (Dickens won’t mind and besides there is no copyright on titles). 

I then contacted Robert Gill at the Worcester County Poetry Society. In August I sent a proposal to the Board of Directors, it was voted on in the Autumn meeting. Fast forward to December and the AToTC project has been given the go ahead. 

The idea behind the AToTC project is to link Transatlantic Poets from both cities of Worcester. For our side of the project I am asking local members of the Poetry Society to register an interest and will also accept registration from any poets involved in the Worcestershire scene, as I know many of us do not live in the city. For many of us the city holds a dear place in our hearts. 

View towards Worcester cathedral at night

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I am hoping in the next month or so to receive a list of participants from America to twin you all up. The exact number as yet is not known. There may be some mathematics involved!

The AToTC project is a ‘call & response’. You will be buddy up via email with a poet from Worcester MA and each send an unpublished poem of your choosing. The second poem will come from your response to the poem you receive. 

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Each pairing will produce 4 poems and these will all be published in a special AToTC issue of Contour (the digital WPL magazine). 

In addition to this, poets are also encouraged to write an extra poem inspired by your city. Which means each pairing has the potential of producing 6 poems.

1200px-Downtown_Worcester,_Massachusetts Wikipedia

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This would be in the world of continual boundaries, a great way to unite through poetry.


To register an interest in this project please email worcspl[at]gmail[dot]com with TALE in the subject line. 

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© 2017 Worcester Cathedral

DEADLINE to register interest 16th December 7 PM.

PLEASE NOTE: The deadline has been brought forward.



I hope to hear from many of you soon. 




Thanks to James Wellman for permission to use his photograph, here is a link to his workwww.jameswellmanphoto.com



  1. Please note: Due to the high level of interest in this project and the need to confirm numbers with Worcester MA, I have brought the deadline forward to the 16th Dec. We currently have many more poets from the UK, we may be writing in 2 waves. I will email you all on the 18th of December with an update.


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