Budding Byrons can showcase talents

Budding Byrons are being given another chance to show their talents.

The annual poetry competition for the Maureen Crisp Trophy is again being held as part of the annual Hucknall-based Byron Festival.

The 2014 theme is the poet’s love of animals. This obviously includes Byron’s beloved Newfoundland dog, Boatswain, for whom he had an imposing monument built in the grounds of Newstead Abbey and to whom he dedicated one of his most moving poems.

The competition has a separate section for local school pupils and the closing date for all entries is Saturday 14th June.

An award ceremony will take place at a ‘Poems and Pints’ event at the John Godber Centre on Ogle Street, Hucknall on Friday 4th July.

Poet Mark Gwynn-Jones will present the prizes and perform during the evening. A vocal group known as The Gentlemen will also take part.

Entries are to be sent to the festival committee chairman, Ken Purslow, at ‘Acushla’, Halam Road, Southwell, Nottinghamshire, NG25 0AD or by email at www.whitelady@white-lady.co.uk. Mr Purslow’s phone number is 01636 813818.