Launch of What Scotland Means To Me poetry contest


13 January 2014
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imports_CESC_0-jdbsaxlx-100000_66409.jpg Launch of What Scotland Means To Me poetry contest
A poetry competition open to non-professionals of any age and anywhere in the world has been launched to celebrate this year's Tartan Day Scotland Festival. ...
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A poetry competition open to non-professionals of any age and anywhere in the world has been launched to celebrate this year's Tartan Day Scotland Festival, which takes place in Angus from 5 to 13 April.

The theme of the contest is 'What Scotland means to me' and the competition has been organised by Angus Council. It is open to non-professional poets of all ages, with categories for adults, secondary school pupils and primary school pupils. Poems submitted to the competition can take any form but must be a maximum of 40 lines long and must reflect the theme of the competition.

Provost of Angus Councillor Helen Oswald (pictured), one of the three contest judges, said: 'I love poetry and Carnoustie Beach in Angus is the one place that always makes me wish I could write poetry.



This long stretch of sand and rocks is one of my favourite places and sums up just how lucky I am to live with my family in this corner of Scotland, where every town and village has something that marks it out as being truly different from anywhere else.

'Regardless of the weather, the season or the time of day, over the years, I’ve had many fabulous times on Carnoustie Beach, whether hunting for marine life in rock pools with my children when they were young, taking photos of breathtaking sunsets or walking along the sand accompanied by the dramatic roar of the waves. I only wish I could transform these thoughts into a poem – but I’m leaving that to the poets who enter the Tartan Treasures Poetry Competition.'

COMPETITION DETAILS

The Tartan Treasures Poetry Competition is organised by Angus Council and is open to non-professional poets of all ages, with categories for adults, secondary school pupils and primary school pupils. Poems submitted to the competition can take any form but must be a maximum of forty lines long and must reflect the theme of the competition - ‘What Scotland Means To Me’.

Three stories from each category will be chosen to go forward to the final round, where they will be judged anonymously. The judges include Cllr Helen Oswald and Kevin Reid, a published local poet. The winning poem from each category will be announced at a special prizegiving ceremony during the Tartan Day Scotland Festival, which is part of Homecoming Scotland 2014. The writers of the three winning poems will each receive a Kindle Fire, while their winning poems will appear in the local Angus County Press newspapers and will be featured on the Tartan Day Scotland facebook page and at the Tartan Day Scotland website being read by professional storytellers.

For more information, and to download an entry form, visit the competition website or pick up a Tartan Treasures competition leaflet at libraries, museums, leisure centres and ACCESS offices across Angus.

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