National Trust Coastline Campaign Invites Public Contributions To John Cooper Clarke's Poem Celebrating British Coast

Can You Help This Punk Poet Celebrate The British Coastline?

Does visiting the British Coastline give you a poetic tickle?

The National Trust is inviting the public to help it celebrate 50 years of the Neptune Coastline Campaign, by contributing to a one-off poem, written by the nation for the nation, with a little help from punk poet Dr John Cooper Clarke.

Doctor Clarke will be launching a TV ad on 13 July, which will kick off the first verses of the poem. You can read them here...

Read the beginning of the poem and add your own contributions here

He tells HuffPostUK: "You have to remember that in the British Isles you cannot get more than 75 miles from the coast, so I think a love of the sea is innate in the British people.

John Cooper Clarke has already started his poem, and now he wants others to join in

"The coast is synonymous with happiness – holidays, recreational activities and general human wellbeing, all free of charge. So I am right behind the efforts of the National Trust in making the coast accessible to young and old and ensuring the pathways are kept open so people of the UK, now and in the future, can continue enjoying its beauty."

What is he looking for in contributions from the public?

"We are looking for the people of this country to share their love of the coast with us in the form of photographs, tweets, poetry, drawings or sounds using #lovethecoast," explains Doctor Clarke.

"This can be their memories of the past, plans for the future, enjoyment of the present – anything that conveys their love of our diverse coastline."

The campaign will then invite the public to submit contributions that sum up their love for the Coast, for example, past memories, trips they plan to make, over the summer months, to help inspire Dr. John Cooper Clarke to create the rest of the verses of the poem, using contributions the public have made as their inspiration.

This is the beginning of a summer-long campaign full of National Trust activities, from working with writers, artists and musicians to capture what the coast means to the nation, to encouraging families to get down to their nearest beaches and go rock pooling, wave jumping and crab-catching.


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