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Word Up! One week to go and plenty of time to enter Word Up! The search for Worcestershire's next Young Poet Laureate

YPL 2018
CJ Evans is Young Poet Laureate 2018 for Worcestershire.
Published Thursday, 20th December 2018

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

Entries can be made via the Young Poet Laureate page on the Council's 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 'Change' and another on a subject of their choice.

Current Young Poet Laureate, CJ Evans, is nearing the end of her year, which has seen her championing poetry and the arts across Worcestershire.

Talking about her win last year, CJ said: "The final was unbelievable. I met so many different people whose poems were about such different things that I didn’t want to leave by the end of it. I heard my name and I was speechless. I am the youngest ever Young Poet Laureate and that smashed my doubts completely. I am so excited to be added to a list of such successful and passionate young poets and hope that I am, someday, as successful as they have been”.

Cllr Lucy Hodgson, cabinet member for Communities, Worcestershire County Council added: "Christmas is a time of fun and celebration but it can also be an emotional time of year.  Writing poetry is a great way to express yourself.  Get your thoughts down and enter the Word Up! Competition.

"It's very straight forward to enter log onto Young Poet Laureate page on the Council's website. Don't worry if you haven't written poetry before, we still want to hear from you and you never know where it will lead."

Submissions can be e-mailed to wordup@worcestershire.gov.uk or posted to:
Elaine Knight, Arts Director, Severn Arts, Suite 11, Malvern Gate, Bromwich Road, Worcester, WR2 4BN

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