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Thirteen-year-old Charlotte wins junior Fenland Poet Laureate crown while CJ Atkinson wins the adult category




Fenland has two new Poet Laureate's following an awards ceremony in Wisbech on Friday night.
The competition was re-launched earlier this summer by Elisabeth Sennitt Clough, who secured £12,000 of Arts Council Funding, to get it back up and running.
Elisabeth secured two prestigious judges; Wendy Cope and Lachlan Mackinnon, but was initially struggling for entrants, but thanks to help from the Citizen there was a late flurry of interest and the competition was on.

Elisabeth Sennitt Clough (pictured second from left at the back) is delighted with the success of the newly relaunched Fenland Poet Laureate competition. (22973828)
Elisabeth Sennitt Clough (pictured second from left at the back) is delighted with the success of the newly relaunched Fenland Poet Laureate competition. (22973828)


At the time Elisabeth said: " I have managed to get two prestigious judges, so now all we need is some entrants. I feel the lack of interest previously has been down to the poor publicity of the event."
The original Fenland Poet Laureate competition faltered after the first few years when the accolade was awarded to poets living outside the district.
Elisabeth stipulated only those living in Fenland itself could enter the re-launched version of the competition.

Friday night's presentation held at the Rose and Crown Hotel was attended by Steve Barclay, who opened and closed proceedings, as well as Cambridgeshire mayor James Palmer and Wisbech mayor Michael Hill.
Wisbech Grammar School pupil Charlotte Beck,13, took the Young Fenland Poet Laureate crown, with CJ Atkinson winning the adult category.

Besides the overall winners, Lorna Sugden, Diane Calton-Smith, Jasmin Gaborit-Carter, Nathanael Wilson and Kim Allen were all highly commended. They, along with the Laureates, will spend the next year giving readings and workshops around the community.

Marketplace: Creative People and Places backed Elisabeth's application for grant funding by offering support in kind.
She said: "The large number of entries in both categories and the interest from the wider community will hopefully continue to build year upon year."


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