Poetry comp plan for Byron Festival

A poetry competition is again being held as part of this year’s Hucknall-based Byron Festival, which will run from Saturday 28th June to Sunday 6th July.

The theme is ‘Byron’s Love of Animals’, with a schools section and an open class.

The winners of each category willl receive a trophy and the overall winner will be awarded the Maureen Crisp Memorial Poetry Trophy for 12 months.

The winner and runner-up in each category will also receive a book token.

The winning poems will be announced at a ‘Poems, Pints and Players’ event at the John Godber Centre, Ogle Street, Hucknall, on Friday 4th July, starting at 7 pm.

This will feature award-winning poet Mark Gwynne Jones and The Gentlemen, a group comprising eight close-harmony singers and a pianist.

Organising committee chairman Ken Purslow said: “The poetry competition has become a special feature of the festival and a high standard has consistently been achieved.”

The closing date for entries is Friday 13th June. These are to be sent to Mr Purslow, of Acushla, Halam Road, Southwell, Notts, NG25 0AD or by e-mail at whitelady@white-lady.co.uk

Previously published poems will not be considered.