Rowan McCabe, the door-to-door poetry pioneer

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Rowan McCabe, Wordsworth House and Garden’s (virtual) poet in residence for Wordsworth’s 250th anniversary year in 2020, is the world’s first door-to-door poet.

Before lockdown, he would knock on strangers’ doors and ask what was important to them. He would then go away and write a poem about them, free of charge, and return to perform it in the street.

To mark Wordsworth's 250th anniversary year, Rowan is creating new work based on the themes and content of our celebratory exhibition, ‘The Child is Father of the Man’, which will be extended into 2021, so more people can see it.

The Newcastle-based poet, who has performed at the Glastonbury Festival and London’s Royal Albert Hall, will be working remotely to explore how our childhood shapes us, how the outdoors and nature impact on us, and how all our stories are worthy of poetry.

Rather than going door-to-door, he is now going post-to-post, writing to people who live in streets with Wordsworth in the name to learn their stories. 

You can follow his progress on Facebook and Twitter

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Anita

In 2020, to mark the 250th anniversary of William Wordsworth, door-to-door poetry pioneer Rowan McCabe joined Wordsworth House and Garden as poet in residence. This is 'Anita'.

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Last Days

In 2020, to mark his 250th anniversary, door-to-door poetry pioneer Rowan McCabe joined Wordsworth House and Garden as poet in residence. This is 'Last Days'.