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Seeking a poet for Hampshire
7:00am Friday 4th October 2013 in News
HAMPSHIRE County Council has launched its search for the Hampshire Poet for 2014.
The winner will receive four paid commissions to celebrate projects and activities during the year, including work linked to the World War One centenary.
As well as being a talented poet the winner will be a confident speaker and advocate for the pleasures of reading and writing.
The competition, launched on National Poetry Day yesterday is open to those living, working or studying in Hampshire County Council governed areas, aged 18+. Entrants must send two poems from their portfolio plus a short personal statement of what they can bring to and gain from the experience.
This competition continues our successful local laureate scheme that began back in 2008 and now runs every other year. The last post holder was Winchester poet Brian Evans-Jones who has produced verse that has been published online, on postcards and bookmarks.
He has held workshops in venues including schools, prisons and libraries and encouraged people of all ages to write their own poetry.
His flagship project was the Writing Hampshire website which maps the county through poetry, open for everyone to still get involved.
Brian is one of the judges for this year’s competition and is joined by local published poet Stephen Boyce and Literature Officer Angela Hicken.
The closing date is December 9, with the winner being announced in the New Year.
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