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Word up - are you the best young poet in Worcestershire?

It's time to find Worcestershire's 6th Young Poet Laureate

The search is on to find the sixth Young Poet Laureate for Worcestershire, 2017.

'Word Up' the project which looks for the best young poet in Worcestershire officially launched on National Poetry Day, Thursday 6 October.

The competition is open to anyone aged between 13 and 19 who lives in, or goes to school, college, university or a youth club in Worcestershire. Local budding poets are asked to submit two poems, one on the subject of 'Messages' and another on a subject of their choice.

Current Young Poet Laureate, Ellie Courtman, is nearing the end of her reign but has enjoyed her experience, which has seen her writing, performing and enthusing young people across the county. The 19 year old, from Earls Croome , said: "The year has been really enjoyable. Being Young Poet Laureate, and the support and encouragement I have received in the role has really boosted my confidence in terms of writing and sharing my work"

In offering advice to this year's hopefuls she said: "Don't doubt yourself. Believe that you can do it and just write what you know."

The deadline for entries is midnight on Saturday 31 December 2016.

For more information please visit www.worcestershire.gov.uk/wordup  contact Natalie McVey, from the County Council's Library and Learning Services, on 07876 144905 or Steve Wilson, Arts Officer on 01905 765754.