Final few days remain to enter this year's Young Poet Laureate

Published Wednesday, 30th December 2015

Young People across Worcestershire have just a few days remaining to submit their applications to be in with a chance of becoming the fifth Young Poet Laureate, for 2016.


Entries can be made via the website up until the closing date of midnight on Thursday 31 December.


Creative young people between the ages of 13 and 19 who live in Worcestershire, or attend a school, college, university or youth club in the area are asked to submit two poems

one on the subject of 'light' and another on a subject of their choice.


Current Young Poet Laureate, Chloe Clarke, is nearing the end of her reign but has enjoyed her experience, which has seen her writing, performing and enthusing other young people across the county.


16-year-old Chloe, from Redditch, said: "It was great when I won the competition because I'd actually entered the year before and got to the final. I thought I'd give it another go and it was great to win a second time round. It proves that if you try again you can get something.


"I have been invited to a number of different places reading and writing poetry and I've been commissioned to write some poetry which means I actually get paid for writing specifically for something."


In offering advice to this year's hopefuls she said: "Don't doubt yourself.  Believe that you can do it and just write what you know."


 Chloe's winning poems titled 'The Soldiers Shadows ' and 'Skinny's Society' can be read at


Cllr Lucy Hodgson, County Council Cabinet Member for Localism and Communities, said:

" People can see poetry as a bit daunting or even obscure but Word Up is designed to show young people this is really not the case. Poetry is a really flexible way of writing and its possibilities are endless. It doesn't matter if you have never tried your hand at poetry before – we want to hear from you and encourage young people to log onto and enter the competition."


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