VIDEO: Poet Camilla McLean takes to streets of Stamford town centre

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A CONTENDER for Stamford’s newly-created post of poet laureate has been taking to the streets of the town to share her poetry in her bid to win the position.

Camilla McLean, 34, of Water Furlong, Stamford, gave her first performance on Valentine’s Day and was back in action last Friday.

Stamford Poet Laureate contender Camilla McLean reading her work on the streets of Stamford

Stamford Poet Laureate contender Camilla McLean reading her work on the streets of Stamford

The freelance creative consultant is vying to become the first poet laureate of Stamford as part of Stamford’s Verse 2012 poetry festival which runs from March 28 to April 2.

Camilla said: “People have been interested in what I’ve been doing.

“Some people watched and applauded and some people walked by looking a bit confused by this nutter shouting poetry in the street.

“I got laughs and applause, some hip hop hand movements and a glass of champagne afterwards.

“I love writing poetry about everyday life and putting a different, and often humorous spin on things.

Camilla, who having lived in Dubai, reads her work with established middle eastern poetry group The Poeticians, lists her inspirations as Wendy Cope and John Betjeman but notes that she draws a lot on popular culture.

As a former pupil of Oakham School with family roots in Bulwick, Camilla is now looking to get to know the town having spent years away.

She said: “I’d love to be able to write about the goings-on of a town like Stamford. It would be quite a way to get to know my new home.”

Camilla will be performing her children’s story in verse, The Tale of Candy Kate the Psycho Baker, at Verse 2012 in the Art Room of the Stamford Arts Centre at 11am on March 31. Tickets cost £5 per child.

Organisers of Verse 2012 are keen to get more applications for the one-year role after a slow initial response. The deadline for entries to become Stamford’s poet laureate is next Friday. Anyone interested should visit www.stamfordartscentre.com/verse2012