Kettering poet to read work live on BBC today

Rob Reeves.
Rob Reeves.

A Kettering poet will read his work live on radio today (Thursday) as part of National Poetry Day.

All local BBC stations will feature a piece of work written specifically for the day, an initiative of the Forward Arts Foundation.

BBC Northampton has chosen Kettering’s Rob Reeves, who has written a poem about shoes after being inspired by a visit to Desborough shoemakers Cheaney.

He said: “I wanted to write about something that was important to the county, and that people from across the county could relate to.

“Whilst the shoe industry doesn’t employ as many people as it once did, Northamptonshire is still known across the world for its shoes and visiting Cheaney’s factory to record my poem really opened my eyes to the skill and craft that goes into making a pair.”

Rob began writing poetry at the age of 31 while completing his MA in Modern Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Leicester.

In 2013, moved to Paris to write poetry and work in a bar. Here, he began to get involved in the spoken word scene and was also published in Belleville Park Pages, an independent poetry journal.

Rob has since returned to his home county of Northamptonshire where he is an English tutor and has also begun to provide poetry workshops to schools and the local community.

He hosts Kettering´s only spoken word night, Run Your Tongue, which has seen Ash Dickinson, Jess Green and Attila the Stockbroker, amongst many others, come through its doors as well as being a platform for countless local poets and musicians.

He added: “I feel that people in this county are very humble and don’t like to make too much of a big deal out of things,

“So I thought it would be interesting to go the other way completely and use an arrogant voice from the first-person perspective of a shoe to reel off different references to the local industry, such as the film and musical Kinky Boots and the boots worn by Sir Edmund Hillary to climb Mount Everest, which were made in Kettering.”

Rob will read his work on the Breakfast Show and talk about the inspiration behind his poem.

If you miss it, it will be available on iPlayer later in the day.