The Search for Worcestershire's next Young Poet Laureate is
Following the overwhelming success of the last three years,
Young people are once again being given the opportunity to take
part in 'Word Up', the search to find the Young Poet Laureate for
Worcestershire. 'Word Up' is open to young people between the ages
of 13 and 19 who live in, or go to school, college, university or a
youth club in Worcestershire.
We are launching the competition on Monday 8th September with a
deadline for entries of midnight on Sunday 9th November.
To enter this year's competition young people need to submit two
poems, one on the subject of 'Heroes and Inspiration' and the other
on a subject of their choice. The best will be invited to
take part in a live grand final at The Hive on Sunday 30th
There will be an opportunity to take part in a performance
poetry workshop during Half Term week in October. Date and venue to
Current Young Poet Laureate, Holly Perrett, is nearing the end
of her reign and has enjoyed an incredible experience so far
involving writing, performing and enthusing young and not so young
people throughout the county. Holly said:
"I have had a fantastic time as
Worcestershire's Young Poet Laureate. I have been invited to
perform at a wide variety of events which has really opened doors
for me. I was extremely lucky to perform at the prestigious Wenlock
Poetry Festival earlier this year which was an amazing experience.
I totally recommend that you enter this year's competition, who
knows where it might lead you"
Download Holly's winning poems:
Professional performance poets Spoz, and Matt Windle, who are as
removed from stereotypical poets as possible, are once again
involved in the project. We are keen to show that poetry can be
exciting, funky and a great way of expressing thoughts and
Natalie McVey, from the Libraries and Learning Service,
'We are looking for young people who can
excite and dazzle us with their words and to show the people of
Worcestershire that our young people have something to say'.
For more information please contact Natalie on 07876 144905 or
Steve on 01905 765754
Word Up is part of a wider poetry agenda for young people in
Worcestershire called 3 Verse which encompasses Word Up, and the
well established Middle School and High School Poetry
With 3 opportunities to write, 3 opportunities to perform, and 3
opportunities to hear and read what Worcestershire's young people
have to say, 3 Verse is Worcestershire's premier poetry
Holly Perrett, aged 18, from Malvern, was crowned as the
County's Third Young Poet Laureate. Holly beat 14 other finalists
to win the prestigious title.
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