Search begins for Fenland Poet Laureate

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The search is on for the next Poet Laureate of Fenland and a competition has been launched to get things under way.

ADeC and Atelier East – working in partnership with Fen Speak and the Wisbech & Fenland Museum – are asking people to share their poetry by entering the competition which is free to enter.

“Being Fenland Poet Laureate has kicked started my poetry career,” said Poppy Kleiser, the current Fenland Poet Laureate. “Both the landscape and communities of Fenland have been inspirational, and I know the project has become a vital cog in developing the artistic movement emerging rapidly from the area.”

The competition organisers are looking for poems that represent and relate to theme “Fenland”, which can be interpreted freely.

The Laureate will be able to write about local events throughout the year and present poems for special occasions, working with others to develop ideas for

bringing poetry to Fenland.

First, second and third places will be awarded to three of the poets in both the adult (18+) category and the young (10-17) category. Certificates of

achievement will be given to all shortlisted and commended entrants.

All shortlisted and commended poets will be invited to the special Fenland Poet Laureate Awards evening on Friday, March 27, at the Wisbech and Fenland Museum.

The deadline for entry is by midnight on Friday, January 30.

All entrants must live, work, or study in the Fens. We can only accept one poem per entrant, and this poem must be previously unpublished.

Please send your poem, along with a cover email with your name, email address, telephone number, address, age group entered (10-17, or 18+) and

the title of the poem to: fenlandpoetlaureate@gmail.com

Alternatively, you can pick up an entry form from the library or museum and post your entry to: Wisbech and Fenland Museum, Museum Square, Wisbech PE13 1ES.

For further details, check out the Atelier East Website: www.atelier-east.co.uk