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Last Updated: Monday, 7 February, 2005, 13:59 GMT
Funds would pave way for poetry
Maggie Gee
Royal Society of Literature chairman Maggie Gee backed the idea
A plan to get poetry onto the streets is looking for funding after the Arts Council refused to back it.

Artist Maria Vlotides wants poems put on coal-hole covers in Notting Hill to combat the area's corporate image after the Hollywood film of the same name.

The Royal Society of Literature has enlisted writers like Sebastian Faulkes and PD James to take part, but says 18,000 is still needed to fund it.

The Arts Council said it would not discuss individual cases.

Maggie Gee, chairman of the literature society, said: "I think it's a great idea to get poetry and writing out of books and into the world where people will see them, who don't usually go to book shops.

"You don't expect to see writing under foot and Maria wanted to do something to make the area less corporate and more individual.

"She wants to remind people that individuals live there."

The iron covers will be cast by Alan Thewlis.

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