A GROUP of local poets travelled to London to recite their verses in Parliament.
The Batley Poets performed at an event in Westminster on Monday, watched by other poets, MPs and members of the public.
The trip, organised with the help of Batley & Spen MP Tracy Brabin, was only possible thanks to former rugby player Ikram Butt, whose Bradford-based Regal Food Products business funded the whole thing.
Multi-award winning poet and Radio 4 presenter Daljit Nagra also joined the group on stage for a recital.
Mohamed Saloo, who was part of the trip, said: “It was after a poetry session late last year when Tracy and I came up with this idea to share the brilliant poetry of Batley Poets with a much wider audience. Poets in Parliament just sounded like it was meant to be.
“It was a brilliant event which, as a teenager, I could only ever dream of. The Batley Poets were brilliant and we were all in awe of both the poetry of Daljit and his wonderful encouragement. The poets are all of differing political thoughts, diverse in race and in faith, but we have the ability to appreciate one another, listen to each other’s poetry and laugh together. This is a blueprint we wanted to share and I am so pleased we did.
“In the heart of the capital we took a flavour of Batley.”