Patience Agbabi will be judging the 2019 Marsden the Poetry Village (MPV) International Poetry Competition for poems submitted on the theme of “Together”, with a deadline of 1st June 2019.
Patience Agbabi will be judging the 2019 Marsden the Poetry Village (MPV) International Poetry Competition for poems submitted on the theme of “Together”, with a deadline of 1st June 2019. First prize is £300, second £100 and a third-place £50 prize.
Winning entries and those of selected runners-up will appear in a competition anthology, to be published in Autumn 2019, (subject to funding). This will also contain poems selected from local poetry workshops run for children and young people as part of a project funded by local charities.
Marsden the Poetry Village is a group of enthusiasts creating poetry initiatives within its community and nearby, including poetry pubs and cafes where customers can read poetry books whilst drinking a beer or coffee; regular poems on posters in shop windows in the village too.
Marsden is a West Yorkshire Pennine village with a plethora of community and cultural activities, like a community cinema, library-based authors’ readings, regular live music, Mechanics’ Institute cultural centre, Mikron canal-boat-based travelling theatre, a renowned Jazz Festival, and its Imbolc and Cuckoo Festivals.
Marsden is Oxford Professor of Poetry Simon Armitage’s birthplace, that of Victorian dialect poet Samuel Laycock and extant published and performing poets; it is the Stanza Stones trail starting point, has a successful, long-running monthly poetry night and other poetry events, and is the home of international poetry organisation Write Out Loud.
Marsden the Poetry Village recognises, with grateful thanks, the contributions made to this initiative by local charities the Marsden Cuckoo’s Nest, Avalanche Dodgers and One Community.