Got a passion for poetry? Even if you haven’t (yet), Front Line Poets might be for you. It’s an online writing workshop open to anybody with a forces connection where you can write, read and discuss poetry with others in the service community from anywhere in the world.

Hosted by poetry-lover Florrie Crass through Home Stage, which was founded during lockdown, the Zoom groups proved to be cherished spaces for far-flung enthusiasts to meet virtually and make new friends.

“Poetry stood out as a uniquely valuable craft,” explains Florrie. “We could connect communities, spark conversations and offer a creative outlet.

“You might not think you’re one for poetry, but we want to change that,” she adds. “Writing and conflict have always been inseparable – just think of the huge influx of war poetry during the First World War. Soldiers and civilians have and continue to put pen to paper to try to make sense of the events around them and we want to give you the opportunity to try this for yourself.”

Supported by Blakeney Cley and District Royal British Legion, Home Stage now runs monthly hour-long sessions. Those serving, veterans, carers, family, friends or with any connection to the forces are welcome to join.

“You can share a poem or piece of writing, by yourself or someone else, on any topic,” concludes Florrie. “Each meet-up sees a wide variety of conversations sparked by the poems shared. All abilities are very welcome – the supportive nature of our groups has meant that even poetry newbies have found a home with us. Poetry has also shone a light on the common sense of loss that veterans feel upon leaving the forces.”

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