Will you be this year’s Young Poet Laureate? - The Evesham Observer

Will you be this year’s Young Poet Laureate?

Evesham Editorial 10th Feb, 2021   0

THE search is on to find this year’s Worcestershire’s Young Poet Laureate.

Budding poets, aged between eight and 18, are once again being invited to take part in the county council’s annual poetry competition.

They will need to submit two examples of their work – one based on the theme ‘adventure’ and the other on any subject they want.

The winner will be awarded the title of Young Poet Laureate 2021, given various platforms to perform and talk about their work and have their winning poems published online and in print.

Second and third place will scoop £25 vouchers each, certificates and have one of their poems published online and in print.

For those looking for tips and inspiration, county libraries have teamed up with Poetry on Loan to host free online workshops in February and March.

The workshops will be led by local professional poets Justin Coe, Emma Purshouse and Steve Pottinger and can be accessed on the council’s website.

Current Young Poet Laureate, Ellie Dart, said: “It has been the most amazing experience.

“I have seen my poems published, had the opportunity to write spoken word pieces for powerful projects and gained confidence from all the interviews I have done as a result.

“Winning this competition has brought me so much. I highly encourage every young poet in the county to enter.”

Deadline for applications is Sunday, March 28.

The online final will take place on Sunday, April 25.

Visit www.worcestershire.gov.uk/youngpoet to apply.

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