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Young Poet Laureate 2016
Last year's winner Oakley Flanagan, with runners up Felix Haynes and Jodie Young
Published Thursday, 21st December 2017

Young people across Worcestershire can still enter Word Up! As there are just a couple of weeks left before entries close at midnight on December 31st.

Entries can be made via the website

The competition is open to young people between the ages of 13 and 19 who live in Worcestershire, or attend a school, college and university or youth club in the area.  They are asked to submit two poems, one on the subject of 'freedom' and another on a subject of their choice.

Current Young Poet Laureate, Oakley Flanagan, is nearing the end of his reign but has enjoyed his experience, which has seen him working to promote issues affecting young people throughout his year.

Cllr Lucy Hodgson, cabinet member for Communities, Worcestershire County Council said: "This can be an emotional time of year.  Writing poetry can be a great outlet to express yourself .  Why not enter the Word Up! competition?"

Natalie McVey, Service Lead for Young People added: "It's very straight forward to enter the competition. It doesn't matter if you haven't written much before – we still want to hear from you and you never know where it will lead once you log onto"

For more information please contact Natalie McVey, from the County Council's Libraries and Learning Service, on 07876 144905 or 01905 765754.