Mysterious Bard dubbed “The Banksy of Poetry” pens poems for Sunderland salon

hairdresser Meg Goodings and staff, Lynsey Reed, Sarah French and Gemma Richardson with the poems they have received at their Show Off Salon, Roker Baths Road
hairdresser Meg Goodings and staff, Lynsey Reed, Sarah French and Gemma Richardson with the poems they have received at their Show Off Salon, Roker Baths Road
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A MYSTERIOUS Bard dubbed the “Banksy of poetry” has struck in Sunderland.

The enigmatic wordsmith has been sending poems to strangers across the country in a bid to lift people’s mood.

hairdresser Meg Goodings and staff, Lynsey Reed, Sarah French and Gemma Richardson with the poems they have received at their Show Off Salon, Roker Baths Road

hairdresser Meg Goodings and staff, Lynsey Reed, Sarah French and Gemma Richardson with the poems they have received at their Show Off Salon, Roker Baths Road

And now the scribe, who signs his poems as Mark Jones, has sent his prose to a Roker salon.

Show Off in Roker Baths Road has now received five of the poems, which are always written in silver pen on black card and signed off with messages such as “Keep your chin up, keep smiling.”

Owner Megan Goodings says they’ve started looking forward to the cryptic cards.

“They are all hand-written and touch upon themes of love and bravery, they’re lovely really, poems about life. At first we didn’t know what to think, but now we look forward to getting them. Everyone wants to read them. There’s always a note to say it’s been hand-written by composer Mark Jones. We have no idea who he is, or why he’s chosen our salon.”

hairdresser Meg Goodings and staff, Lynsey Reed, Sarah French and Gemma Richardson with the poems they have received at their Show Off Salon, Roker Baths Road

hairdresser Meg Goodings and staff, Lynsey Reed, Sarah French and Gemma Richardson with the poems they have received at their Show Off Salon, Roker Baths Road

Mr Jones seems to have a penchant for salons, with hairdressers across the country, from North Wales to Lancashire, being sent the poems with no explanation. But benefactors also include churches and hotels.

“At first we thought one of the girls here must have an admirer,” said Megan. “Then a client suggested we put him in Google and all these other stories came up.

“He’s being described as the Banksy of the poetry world and it’s nice to be part of it. We keep them all in a drawer, but it would be nice to put them all together so that people can read them when they’re in reception.”