Poet Cicely Fox Smith to be celebrated with event at The Word

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An opportunity to discover the life and work of a literary gem is on offer in South Tyneside this weekend.

A celebration of the English poet Cicely Fox Smith’s 50-year career as writer and poet will be held at The Word, National Centre for the Written Word, on Saturday.

An enlightening presentation reflecting on Cicely’s life and specifically her war poetry will be delivered by North East journalist Rob Barnes and friends.

A selection of her poems will be read out during the presentation, several of them will be set to sea shanty music, along with the stories behind them in Cicely Fox Smith – A Poet Who Never Went to War.

Known as the ‘Poet of the sea’, during her career she wrote more than 700 published poems as well as numerous novels and short stories.

Born in 1882, Cicely lived through two world wars. It was her passion for the sea and her affinity with those who worked and lived in ‘sailor towns’ that led her to speak to soldiers and seamen to hear their stories and experiences of the war.

Her poetry reflected the pain and loss that was experienced in both world wars while also capturing the typically British sense of humour that always prevails in adversity.

The event on Saturday runs from 2pm to 3.30pm.