Back in June this year the BBC Local Radio teamed up with 12 specially chosen poets across England with the idea of creating a dozen new poems for broadcast on National Poetry Day – October 4.
Each year there is a theme attached last year was #freetheword and this years theme is one of change.
Henry Normal, poet, writer, film and TV producer (Philomena, Alan Partridge, Gavin and Stacey), launched the initiative: “Change can happen in all sorts of ways and sometimes just one word can make a difference… I didn’t write poetry for 25 years but what drew me to writing poetry again was trying to make sense of my journey with my autistic son, Johnny.
He’s now 20 and one day I took out over a thousand photos of him from age 2 to 20 and could see how he’d changed. The first poem I wrote was about trying to capture the feeling – the truth – of those photos. I think the great thing about poetry is that it gets to the truth of the human condition”
One of the poets chosen for BBC North East & Cumbria is Rowan McCabe – a door-to-door poet from Newcastle upon Tyne.
McCabe penned his poem ‘An Ode to a Muckle’ regarding his concern for losing the Geordie language – with schools teaching standard diction and employers demanding the Queens English how long will our happy little dialect last?
Whenever the public is questioned on the variety of different accents across the UK it comes as no surprise that Geordie always comes high up on peoples positive lists. Quite often referred to as the ‘most friendly’ accent as well as being voted ‘the UK’s sexiest accent’ back in 2010 most people love our accent.
“Oh who doesn’t love the way Geordies talk?
With our vowels so inflated and happy,
and our souvenir shops are filled with bags and mugs
boasting phrases like Cush and Gan Canny
Cos tourists take joy in this strange sound,
that’s why call centres thrive in the region.
But experts are scared that within 30 years
these words will end up in museums.”
For the full poem visit the website
It would certainly be a shame if the Geordie dialect was lost as with the many other dialects across the UK they help us identify with where we come from.
So be Geordie and proud and feel free to send in any of your own verses declaring your love for all things Newcastle.
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