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The UKs Canal Laureate is challenging poets in Northamptonshire, canal lover and anyone who likes messing about in Canal Boats and Narrowboats to write a poem about the water.

Jo Bell who is the Canal and River Trust, poet in residence, will be at the Crick Boat Show to launch the nationwide mass participation poetry project.

Canals and the colourful Narrowboats that cruise them are icons of the British landscape.

At Crick, Jo will invite people to tell her their special memories of the waterways: the electric blue flash of a kingfisher, a tranquil cruise in the lazy heat of the summer, and even about the time they fell in and got covered in mud.

She will also harvest more memories on Twitter and the finished article will be her own poem, made up of all these comments.

Jo will also be collecting canal-themed poems from the public until 14th September 2013 and the best poems collected will feature on the Waterlines website.

A selection of her favourites will feature as part of Waterlines Live, two exciting public events at the Birmingham Literature Festival on 6th and 12th October 2013.

Jo Bell, Canal Laureate, said I love the waterways of Northamptonshire, and know the Nene very well.

Wherever your favourite canal is, think of one particularly vivid moment, looking down on the river from Fotheringhay Castle, having a pint at a canal side pub, spotting an early-morning heron.

Crick takes place from 25th to 27th May and offers an exciting programme of family entertainment, including free boat trips, free traditional children’s fun fair, live music, children’s activities, arts and crafts stands, a large variety of food and drink stalls, competitions and talks on boat owning, boat buying and living afloat.

Over 200 exhibitors will showcase thousands of inland waterways products and services, from boats, engines and chandlery to holidays, brokerage and insurance.

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