VIDEO: Poetry At The Manor Returns


Poetry at the Manor — Volume 5 is bringing in poets from across the province and even other parts of Canada to Windsor.

The poetry reading at Willistead Manor is the highlight of a day of poetry including events at local schools as well as the University of Windsor.

"It's very, very intimate and it's a wonderful place to be. It's a great old mansion, I mean it's just the right place, intimate place for poetry," says Marty Gervais, City of Windsor's Poet Laureate.

Guests include Laurence Hutchman from North York, Kim Fahner from Sudbury, John B. Lee from Brantford and Norfolk County, Deirdre Kessler from Charlottetown and Tom Cull from London.

The local poetry team 'A Group of Seven Poets' have put together an anthology of poems about Windsor's history and will perform a reading at the event tonight to help mark the city's 125th birthday.

"They'll be hearing stories about their neighbourhood, places in Riverside and Sandwich, they might be hearing about the court house, churches, they'll be hearing stories about the curse of Peche Island," says Gervais. "We'll basically paint pictures in the minds of people when we get up and read; basically giving them a completely different view of history along the south shore."

Gervais says Poetry at the Manor is always a big draw and encourages those wanting a spot to come early.

Poetry at the Manor runs from 7pm to 9pm and is free to the public.