Poetic about the Peaks? Show your verse-ability

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Monday 25 July 2005

25 July 2005

Poetic about the Peaks? Show your verse-ability

Peak poets are being invited to celebrate the dramatic landscape of the Peak District in a new competition.

The first Poet Laureate of the Peak competition is being launched during National Parks Week (July 22-29) to help express the unique spirit of the National Park, and what it means to live, work or visit there.

Organised by Arts in the Peak and supported by the Peak District National Park Authority, the competition aims to find a local writer who inspires a deeper appreciation of the landscape, its moods, influence and heritage.

Charles Monkhouse, of Arts in the Peak, said: "The judges will be looking for someone with a distinctive poetic voice and an aesthetic vision of the Peak District. This is the first time such a competition has been launched, and we want it to be an honorary and prestigious title reflecting both this remarkable landscape and the best of the area's artistic endeavour."

The closing date is September 1, and the judges are local poet and heritage architect John Sewell, author and professor of English Literature Neil Roberts, and senior librarian Rosemary Orders. The post will be for two years.

Entrants must be 18 or over on the closing date, and they must have lived in, worked in, or regularly visited the Peak District over the past three years. Their entries must be of three poems, written in the last two years, at least one of which should be inspired by the Peak District.

Poems may be handwritten, typed or on tape, but name, address, phone number and eligibility details must be on a separate sheet. Leaflets giving full details should be available from local libraries or tourist information centres.

The address for entries is Poet Laureate of the Peak Competition, Arts in the Peak, c/o April Cottage, Middleton-by-Youlgreave, Derbyshire, DE45 1LS.

Further information is available on 01629 636920/0114 258 9934 or e-mail

* This is one of two current poetry initiatives in the area: Derbyshire County Council is running a county-wide Poet Laureate for Derbyshire contest - closing date July 29. Call 01773 831 359 for further details.

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