A CAERLEON woman who started writing poetry in lockdown had her two poems chosen for a collection which will be auctioned off for the NHS.

Cher Sherwood said the inspiration to start writing came from friends putting quotes on her craft page, Challenge Caerleon, and wanting to document the pandemic that we're all living in.

And now two of her pieces of writing will be featured in The Book of Hope, a fundraising collaboration of coronavirus and lockdown-inspired poems by people across the UK for NHS Charities Together.

“As a person who loves arts and crafts, I believe everybody can be artistic, so I had a go at writing a poem," said Ms Sherwood.

After getting approval from her family, she posted the poem on Poetry UK on Facebook to put it out there and see if people liked it.

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Poem: Caerleon May Day Blues


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Poem: Wee Sleepy One

The first poem that she wrote was about her granddaughter, titled Wee Sleepy One and both are being submitted.

After seeing her work, Gary John Gill, organiser of The Book of Hope, got in contact to ask if the poem could go in the book.

To find out more, head to https://www.thebigbookofhope.org/