A teenager from the upper Calder Valley has been chosen as one of five budding poets to write a collection of environmental awareness poems to be published in a limited-edition book backed by Dame Vivienne Westwood.
Poppy Turner, 18, who lives in Hebden Bridge, and her four collaborators will perform their work at a gala evening hosted by the fashion designer at Keats House in London to launch the collection on October 19.
Poppy said: “I am honoured to be selected for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to contribute in creating this wonderful poetry book and to learn from Dame Vivienne, who is a great artist and creative inspiration.”
Dame Vivienne and London-based youth scheme YOUYOU Mentoring launched the Climate Revolution Poetry Project to search for five aspiring poets.
Poppy moved to London while studying English Literature. Like so many artists and writers, Poppy has been inspired by the Yorkshire scenery in engaging her love for writing, poetry and the environment. Last year she had the opportunity to take part in masterclasses with Marsden poet Simon Armitage and his Stanza Stones project, poems that were carved out to form a 47-mile walking trail from Marsden to Ilkley Moor.
Poets will take part in poetry writing master-classes, record their poems at The Premises solar-powered studio in London and make a spoken word film featuring their poems.
The Climate Revolution, founded by Dame Vivienne, encourages people to take action on climate change and to save our future by doing simple things in their daily lives that can make a difference, like signing a petition or limiting consumption.
Dame Vivienne Westwood was born in 1941 and moved to London 17 years later. She began designing in 1971 along with her partner Malcolm McLaren when London was at the forefront of cultural trends.
In 1984 she launched her own fashion line and in 2004 the V&A hosted a Vivienne Westwood retrospective exhibition to celebrate her 34 years in fashion.