Mystery poet: Hartlepool hairdresser is latest to receive work from ‘Banksy of poetry’

Hairdresser Clare Harper with the poem's.  Picture by FRANK REID
Hairdresser Clare Harper with the poem's. Picture by FRANK REID

A Hartlepool hairdresser has become the latest recipient of uplifting poems by a man dubbed the Banksy of poetry.

Clare Harper, who runs Raffaele, in Hart Lane, was surprised to receive three of the upbeat but unsolicited poems in the last couple of weeks.

One of the poem's sent to Hairdresser Clare Harper.

One of the poem's sent to Hairdresser Clare Harper.

Written by silver pen on black card, each are signed by Mark Jones, and were posted over 100 miles away in Lancashire.

Clare has become the latest in a long line of hairdressers from all over the UK who have received similar verses through their letter boxes.

She said: “At first I didn’t know what to make of it because nothing came with them. I put his name into Google and apparently quite a few hairdressers all over the country have received them.

“They seem to be spread far and wide but there is no actual information on the person who is writing them.”

It is good to have something nice come rather than bills

Hartlepool hairdresser Clare Harper

Stylists from Somerset to Sunderland have all received similar verses, all hand-written on black card.

All end with the lines ‘keep your chin up’ and ‘keep smiling’.

Those received by Clare, 48, carry themes of bravery, love for a woman and one seeking to answer the question ‘What’s it all about?’.

She has already framed one and put it on display.

Hairdresser Clare Harper with the poem's.  Picture by FRANK REID

Hairdresser Clare Harper with the poem's. Picture by FRANK REID

They have certainly proved a talking point among customers at Raffaele and put a smile on Clare’s face.

She added: “They are quite uplifting and make us smile.

“It is good to have something nice come rather than bills. It is getting that we are waiting for the next one.”

While the writer seems to favour hairdressing salons other recipients have also included churches and hotels.

A poem received by Hartlepool hairdresser Clare Harper.

A poem received by Hartlepool hairdresser Clare Harper.