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Poet’s ‘amazing’ development award
1:00pm Wednesday 16th October 2013 in News
A POET who helped bring the Swindon poetry scene to life has been recognised for her work in the Poetry Can South West Poetry Awards.
Hilda Sheehan, who set up The Bluegate Poets group, won the Contribution to Poetry Development in the South West award at a ceremony in Bristol earlier this month, where she was presented with a special Bristol Blue Glass goblet.
Hilda, 46, from Old Town, said: “I was quite shocked when I found out that I had won the award.
“But when I look back at what I have done, setting up the Bluegate Poets, running workshops and helping with the Poetry Festival, I realised that it’s quite a lot really, but to have that recognition is amazing.”
Hilda, who helped organise the Poetry Festival earlier this month with Matt Holland and Michael Scott, set up Blugeate in 2006.
“It’s not just me who’s being recognised, it’s Swindon. We have a flourishing poetry scene in Swindon and people from all over the south west come here for Bluegates and for the workshops, and this award means Swindon is being recognised as a place where poetry happens.”
Hilda released her first collection of poetry, The night my sister went to Hollywood, with Cultured Lama earlier this year. Visit www.blue gatepoets.co.uk or hildasheehan poetry.blogspot.co.uk.
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