Poetry competition for residents of North Lanarkshire launched


Creative residents of North Lanarkshire have the chance to have their work included in an e-book celebrating the current Year of Stories in Scotland.

Area libraries are holding a poetry contest ‘to celebrate the treasured tales we tell each other’

The winning works will be compiled into a digital publication that will be available through the BorrowBox online lending service and will be released on National Poetry Day on October 6.

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Original poems of up to 500 words by writers of all ages – themed “stories”, and in English, Scottish or Gaelic – can be submitted until August 31.

Judges will then select a collection to be included in the unique e-book anthology.

The contest organizers say: “This collection will celebrate the power and diversity of local history and provide a taste of North Lanarkshire’s storytelling culture for future generations.”

Entries can be submitted online or as a Word document emailed to [email protected], including a name and poem title.

More information is available on the North Lanarkshire Libraries website.

Meanwhile, young writers aged 8 to 12 are also invited to take part in a storytelling competition celebrating Scottish heritage sites which will see the most “inspiring” entries on social media and in a demo reel.

They are asked to tell a story featuring a historic site in Scotland, in English or Gaelic, either through a written story of 150 to 300 words or in a two-minute video.

Historic Environment Scotland – which looks after sites such as the Antonine Wall at Cumbernauld – has partnered with the Scottish Book Trust and the Scottish Storytelling Forum on the project, ‘If These Walls Could Talk’.

Prizes ranging from passes to historic Scotland to book bundles and writing kits are on offer in the raffle, which is open until June 24 with full information available online.

Culture Minister Neil Gray, MSP of Airdrie & Shotts, said: “We are fortunate to have a wealth of historic sites in Scotland which I am sure will spark the imagination of young storytellers in grass.

“Scotland is renowned for producing exceptional writers, so this exciting competition is a wonderful platform for our storytellers of the future to leave their mark.”

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