Mere Literary Festival, which celebrated its 20th anniversary last year, in inviting entries for its popular biennial poetry competition, organised by Pennybank Writers of Mere.
Poems can be on any subject and of no more than 40 lines. The closing date for entries is 26th June. Full details are available at the library, by post (SAE) Poetry Competition, Monkswell Cottage, Mill Lane, Mere, Wiltshire, BA12 6DA or visit www.merelitfest.co.uk
The adult section is being judged by the poet, freelance editor and journalist Dawn Gorman, who runs arts events including the Bradford-on-Avon poetry reading series Words and Ears. She was poet-in-residence at Edinburgh Fringe in 2015/16 and at Greenhill Cottage Gallery in Southwick, that same year. She will give a short talk and a reading of some of her work before adjudication and presentation of the prizes at the festival, which runs from October 9 to 15.
Shortlisted poems will be showcased at Poetry in the Grove, during the festival.
Local awards are for poems by residents living within a ten mile radius of Mere. They will be judged by Jenny Wilding, curator of the award-winning Mere Museum. Jenny is an archivist to the historical society and Mere Drama Society. She also raised funds for the conservation of the King James Coat of Arms which now hangs in St. Michael’s Church in its restored glory.
The organisers are keen to encourage juniors (12 years and under) to showcase their talents. Local schools will be invited to submit pupils work, individual entries are encouraged and there are cash awards for the winners. The judge will be Angela McDonald, a writer and local historian. Her passion for genealogy led her to trace her family roots back more than 500 years.
She researched the history of men commemorated on the WW1 Memorial in Mere. The results were published in the book The Proudest Uniform, which is available at Mere Library.