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Could you be the next Worcestershire Young Poet Laureate?

The search for Worcestershire’s Young Poet Laureate 2021 is now on!

Worcestershire’s Young Poet Laureate competition provides a fantastic opportunity for young people across the county to develop and showcase their creative talent. It is open to anyone aged 8-18 years who lives or studies in Worcestershire. Entrants need to submit two poems, one which must be based on this year’s theme ‘adventure’ and another about anything they choose.

The search for Worcestershire’s Young Poet Laureate 2021 is now on!

Worcestershire’s Young Poet Laureate competition is run jointly by Worcestershire Libraries and Severn Arts and provides a fantastic opportunity for young people across the county to develop and showcase their creative talent.

It is open to anyone aged 8-18 years who lives or studies in Worcestershire. Entrants need to submit two poems, one which must be based on this year’s theme ‘adventure’ and another about anything they choose.

Submissions are judged in three age categories: 8 – 11, 12 – 15 and 16 – 18, with one winner chosen from each. Of these three finalists, one young person will be awarded the title of Young Poet Laureate 2021.

The winner of the Young Poet Laureate title will have their winning poems published online and in print and will take part in commissioning opportunities, mentoring, creative residencies and various platforms to perform and talk about their work. The other two finalists will receive a certificate, £25 voucher and have one of their poems published online and in print.

Ellie Dart, Worcestershire Young Poet Laureate 2020 encourages all young people with a passion for poetry to take part, saying: “Becoming Worcestershire’s Young Poet Laureate has been the most amazing experience. I have seen my poems published on the page, 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 and I highly encourage every young poet in the county to enter.”

One of Ellie’s highlights was being commissioned to write and perform ‘Resilience’ for a powerful spoken word film, produced by Worcestershire County Council to mark the launch of The Rona Hub.
To see Ellie perform in Resilience - watch online here

To support potential participants, Worcestershire Libraries have teamed up with Poetry on Loan to provide free online poetry workshops in February half term. The workshops will be led by local professional poets Justin Coe, Emma Purshouse and Steve Pottinger and you can book a place via the Worcestershire Libraries Eventbrite page

The deadline for applications for Worcestershire’s Young Poet Laureate is Sunday 28 March 2021. The online final will take place on Sunday 25 April 2021.

For more information and to apply see www.worcestershire.gov.uk/youngpoet