A POETRY trail has been launched to encourage visitors to the city centre in support of local independent traders.

The new Worcestershire Poet Laureate, Leena Batchelor, launched the trail on Saturday, October 17.

As part of National Poetry Month, six poems will be located in prominent places around the city centre.

The poems will feature uplifting verses and celebrations of Worcester, and readers will be invited to scan a QR code on the posters which will email an entry into a prize draw - all six poems will need to be scanned to complete a full entry.

Prizes have been donated by local business and include vouchers, and a signed collection of books from Leena. The competition is free to enter.

For those without smartphones or unable to scan QR codes, visitors can simply write down their entries providing their contact details, and the name and location of the poems read, and hand these into the Worcester Tourist Information Office at the Guildhall.

Clues for the location of the poems will be posted on Facebook (Pixie Muse Poetry & Prose), Twitter (@pixie_dragonfly) and Instagram (@pixiemusepoetry) as well as listed in the Worcester Tourist Information Office at the Guildhall.

The trail will last a month and prizewinners will be drawn on November 21.

If any additional local business would like to get involved, contact Leena via Facebook or email worcspoet2020-Leena@yahoo.com