13th Dec, 2019

Call to Redditch youngsters to enter county young poet laureate event

THE search is on for Worcestershire’s next Young Poet Laureate 2019.

And the north of the county has a fine tradition in the competition with the last winner being Woodrush High School student CJ Evans, who clinched the trophy with her poems ‘NATO’ and ‘Prisoner: DF8421’.

The launch coincides with National Poetry Day, a chance to discover, enjoy, and share all things poetry.

Young people wishing to enter the competition are asked to send in two poems; one on the subject identified for National Poetry Day, which this year is ‘Change,’ and another on a subject of their choice.

Application forms can be downloaded from the Word Up! webpage www.worcestershire.gov.uk/wordup.

The closing date for entries is December 31 and the winner will be chosen at a live final on January 20, 2019 at The Hive in Worcester.

To be eligible young people need to be aged between 13 and 19 and live in Worcestershire, or attend a school, college, university or youth club in the county. The winner is awarded a commission of £150 to write and perform poems throughout the year.

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