Community Arts Partnership, Donegall St. Place
20th March: 2.00pm – 5.00pm
NB. This event is now SOLD OUT. However, you can still register below and we'll let you know if any cancellations or additional tickets become available.
A poetry competition on the theme of politics will be organised in the run up and during the festival for new and emerging poets and will be facilitated by the festival in association with Community Arts Partnership (CAP).
Poetry and politics go well together and there is a powerful tradition of poets shedding light on social, cultural and economic issues. Particularly in times of uncertainty, poems can appeal to the imagination and provide a creative context for revealing and understanding changes in society. In previous festivals we have asked the public to send us alternative manifesto ideas and submit photographs on re-imagining Belfast.
This year we are interested in receiving short poems on a political theme. We are particularly interested in hearing from unpublished poets and people who have never thought about writing poetry before. The opportunities of this theme are endless and we will take a broad view of what constitutes political content. However, our judges will be looking for an imaginative use of language and whether it inspires a reaction and engages an audience on a political theme.
Judges will include Pádraig Ó Tuama, Chelley McLear and festival director Peter O’Neill. A prize of £200 will be awarded to the best poem received. Please send your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org. The competition closes on at 6pm on 26 March. A workshop facilitated by Chelley will take place on 20 March at 2pm to assist with the submission process. Places are limited to 15 so please register early.