Travellers get poetry in motion

September 27, 2002

Commuters taking the 8.46 Valley Line service from Cardiff Central to Treforest had something more than the morning paper to entertain them on their way to work. Three poets from the University of Glamorgan performed their verses for passengers on the train.

Tony Curtis, Meic Stephens and Matthew Francis were among six poets whose work feature on posters on Valley Line trains and at stations around South Wales.

Their readings were part of a project celebrating Glamorgan's tenth anniversary, and they followed on from "culture train" events - evenings of lectures and discussions that toured towns in the valleys, examining their cultural heritage with local writers.

The poets relished the opportunity to read their work to a different audience from the receptive public that attend conventional poetry readings. Tony Curtis, professor of poetry at Glamorgan, said: "In the midst of the boring daily journey into work, I think most people would welcome the chance to hear some poetry and have a reflective moment."

Matthew Francis, lecturer in creative writing, said: "I travel to work on this train every day. I expect to get funny looks in future."

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