Shoreham Wordfest Poetry Competition inspired by late poet

Controversial journalist Julie Burchill
Controversial journalist Julie Burchill
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THE words of a Lancing poet are being used to inspire others in the Shoreham Wordfest Poetry Competition.

The works of the late Ted Walker, a prize-winning English poet who was educated in Steyning, featured in the recent the Adur Festival Poetry Trail.

The world premi�re of one-man show Roll Over Atlantic by John Agard

The world premi�re of one-man show Roll Over Atlantic by John Agard

Now, people are being urged to use his poetry to inspire their own for the competition.

Barbara Meredith, from the Wordfest team, said: “It involves taking a line, sentence or phrase from any of the Ted Walker poetry extracts that featured in the trail, and composing your own poem on any subject.”

To access the list of poems, application form and competition rules, visit www.shorehamwordfest.com or pick up a form at the library.

The free competition is open until July 31, with cash prizes in two categories – 16 to 18 years old, 19 years old and over, which will be awarded at the poetry and short story event on October 11.

Monty Python star Carol Cleveland

Monty Python star Carol Cleveland

Other highlights from this year’s Shoreham Wordfest, which runs from the end of September to October 11, include the world première of one-man show Roll Over Atlantic by John Agard at the Ropetackle Arts Centre on October 7.

Author David Hare talks about his new memoir, The Blue Touch Paper, at Lancing College on October 8; controversial journalist Julie Burchill talks about her book, Unchosen, at Sussex Yacht Club on October 10; and Carol Cleveland, star of the Monty Python show, gives a taste of her Hollywood lifestyle on September 27.

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Author David Hare talks about his new memoir, The Blue Touch Paper

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