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Malvern Hills District Council is encouraging budding poets of all ages to get creative and take part in a poetry competition.

In celebration of National Poetry Day today (1 October), the council is asking residents – and those who regularly work or go to school in the district- to submit a poem on the theme: The Year 2020.

This can be anything about what has happened this year, how it has made people feel, what has been important to them this year and what have they done. Entrants are encouraged to be imaginative.

The competition launches today and entries can be submitted until the deadline on Saturday, 31 October.

The age categories are:

  • Under 11s
  • Ages 12-17
  • Ages 18 and over

The entries will be judged by a panel of judges chosen by Malvern Hills District Council and a prize- a voucher for Malvern Book Co-Operative- will be up for grabs for a winner in each category.

The Malvern Hills District is known for its literary connections and has provided inspiration for such greats as C.S Lewis, JRR Tolkien, as well as medieval English poet William Langland, who wrote ‘The Visions of Piers Ploughman’ which is set on The Malverns.

There is a variety of book shops to choose from, including Malvern Book Co-Operative, The Malvern Bookshop, Books for Amnesty and more.

 Cllr Sarah Rouse, Portfolio Holder for Tourism and Economic Development at Malvern Hills District Council, said: “We are asking residents and those who work or go to school in the district to follow in the footsteps of Malvern’s literary greats and to get creative! It’s no doubt that this year has been very unusual, so The Year 2020 is the perfect topic for a poetry competition. We are looking forward to reading some wonderful creations from all ages and showcasing some local talent”.

Tom Padfield, who works at Malvern Book Co-Operative, said: “The Malvern Book Co-operative is a local, independent, community owned, ethical bookshop. We stock a wide range of books and have a very efficient ordering service. We are passionate about supporting local businesses and keeping the High Street alive and vibrant”.

To take part, please email communications@malvernhills.gov.uk with your poem, name, age, postcode and contact number.

You can also submit it by post to: Communications, The Council House, Avenue Rd, Malvern, WR14 3AF

Visit www.malvernhills.gov.uk/poetry-competition to read the Terms and Conditions of the competition.

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