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Holly Perrett, current Young Poet LaureateWord Up!

The Search for Worcestershire's next Young Poet Laureate is on!

Following the overwhelming success of the last three years, Young people are once again being given the opportunity to take part in 'Word Up', the search to find the Young Poet Laureate for Worcestershire. 'Word Up' is open to young people between the ages of 13 and 19 who live in, or go to school, college, university or a youth club in Worcestershire.

We are launching the competition on Monday 8th September with a deadline for entries of midnight on Sunday 9th November.

To enter this year's competition young people need to submit two poems, one on the subject of 'Heroes and Inspiration' and the other on a subject of their choice. The best  will be invited to take part in a live grand final at The Hive on Sunday 30th November.

There will be an opportunity to take part in a performance poetry workshop during Half Term week in October. Date and venue to be finalised. 

Current Young Poet Laureate, Holly Perrett, is nearing the end of her reign and has enjoyed an incredible experience so far involving writing, performing and enthusing young and not so young people throughout the county. Holly said:

"I have had a fantastic time as Worcestershire's Young Poet Laureate. I have been invited to perform at a wide variety of events which has really opened doors for me. I was extremely lucky to perform at the prestigious Wenlock Poetry Festival earlier this year which was an amazing experience. I totally recommend that you enter this year's competition, who knows where it might lead you"   

Download Holly's winning poems:

Professional performance poets Spoz, and Matt Windle, who are as removed from stereotypical poets as possible, are once again involved in the project. We are keen to show that poetry can be exciting, funky and a great way of expressing thoughts and emotions.

Natalie McVey, from the Libraries and Learning Service, said:

'We are looking for young people who can excite and dazzle us with their words and to show the people of Worcestershire that our young people have something to say'.

For more information please contact Natalie on 07876 144905 or Steve on 01905 765754

Word Up is part of a wider poetry agenda for young people in Worcestershire called 3 Verse which encompasses Word Up, and the well established Middle School and High School Poetry Slams. 

With 3 opportunities to write, 3 opportunities to perform, and 3 opportunities to hear and read what Worcestershire's young people have to say, 3 Verse is Worcestershire's premier poetry project.

Previous winners

Holly Perrett, aged 18, from Malvern, was crowned as the County's Third Young Poet Laureate. Holly beat 14 other finalists to win the prestigious title.

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This page was last reviewed 29 August 2014 at 16:41.
The page is next due for review 25 February 2016.