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Ledley King to pick winner of Haringey Borough Council's Young Poet Laureate competition
The race to find the lyrical voice of Tottenham’s young people is on as Haringey Borough Council launched its first ever Young Poet Laureate competition.
For those who’ve fancied trying their hand at a Shakespearian sonnet, an Odyssean ode or even a hilarious haiku, this is the chance to hold the title of Tottenham’s top poet for a year.
The winner will take home £150 from the Newlon Housing Trust and a host of other prizes.
They will also play a key role in the area’s cultural life – performing onstage at the Christmas lights switch-on, appearing in the media and taking part in a stadium tour at Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.
The winner will commission the Young Poet Laureate to write pieces marking special occasions during the year.
To be in with a chance of winning contests are asked to write a poem on the theme ‘What does Tottenham mean to you?’
Former Spurs defender Ledley King will be on the judging panel alongside the award-winning poet Anthony Anaxagorou.
Mr Anaxagorou will be on hand to offer free expert advice on what it takes to write a winning entry at Marcus Garvey Library on October 15 and 16.
Councillor Alan Strickland, cabinet member for culture, said: “Tottenham has a flourishing arts and culture scene and we’re determined to do all we can to support it as we work with the community on our ambitious regeneration plans.
“I can’t wait to see Tottenham’s top young poet performing on the Green, and I’d urge any budding poets to apply.”
People wishing to take part must be 16 to 24 years old and entries close on Friday, November 15, with the winner announced at the end of November.
For more information visit www.haringey.gov.uk/tottenhampoet or drop in to Marcus Garvey Library.
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