Poetry People is a Community Interest Company established in 2017 by co-directors Dean Parkin and Naomi Jaffa, with support from Michael Laskey and Jeni Smith.
Poetry People brings poetry to people and people to poetry, often for the first time. Projects reach out to the wider community through competitions, poem posters, workshops and live events.
In 2018 Poetry People delivered its first Heritage Lottery Funded project, The Grit, with the help of Jo Leverett (marketing) and Becky Marshall-Potter (project officer).
Dean and Naomi have over two decades of unique experience devising and delivering outstanding poetry activities in print, online and on stage, writer development programmes, and community residencies. These include Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, Poetry Prom, The Poetry Paper, The Poetry Channel and the Aldeburgh Eight Seminar.
Dean is a full-time writer, poet and workshop leader, creating his own residences, projects and workshops. In the 1990s he co-wrote, edited and published many local interest books, including 'The Grit' with Jack Rose. His first book of poems, The Swan Machine, was published in 2015. His first collection for children, The Bubble Wrap, was published autumn 2017. To find out more, go to his website.
Naomi began in music management before becoming Suffolk’s first literature development officer. She started work for
the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival in 1993 and was its Director 1999–2014. Her second pamphlet collection, Driver, was published in 2017.