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Poetry Competition

We are delighted to invite your students to submit entries for this year’s Post-a-Poem for Shakespeare event as part of the 61st Stratford Poetry Festival! Each child is invited to submit a poem inspired by our special themes. For Key Stage One and Two the theme this year is Rivers, Canals and boats – as our poet in residence this year is Jo Bell, who is the UK’s Canal Laureate, appointed by the Poetry Society and the Canal and River Trust and who lives on a narrowboat! What might life be like living on a river? What wildlife do we see? How do rivers and canals make us feel? What do rivers and canals do for people? Work? Rest? Beauty? Inspiration?....

Fifty of the entries will be chosen by a panel including Jo Bell for display on the railings of Shakespeare’s Birthplace on 9th July. The fifty selected poets will be invited along with two guests to hear their poems being read by actors on the same evening at 6.00pm here at the Shakespeare Centre. Another exciting development this year is the display of all the KS 1 and 2 entries at Stratford River Festival, which takes place on the Stratford Recreation Ground on 4/5/6 July 

The deadline for entries is Friday 6th June

It is important that each poem is identifiable by the contributor’s full name, age and the name of your school, so that we can contact you if it has been selected. 

Please send your poems to: Post-a-Poem, The Shakespeare Centre, Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6QW by Friday 6th June.