Belfast Telegraph

Cross-community poetry competition opens

By Angela Rainey

Budding poets of all ages are invited to enter a cross-community competition now celebrating its second year.

Organised by the Harmony Community Trust, the event invites writers to compose a poem engaging with the themes of community and reconciliation.

The key work of the Trust at Glebe House near Strangford is to promote encounters and increased understanding between people of different communities, working principally with disadvantaged children, young people and seniors.

Celebrated Northern Ireland poet Leontia Flynn has agreed to judge the event.

Best-known for her three collections, the poet has also been awarded the accolades of a Whitbread Award and the Rooney Prize. Her book, Profit and Loss, which was a Poetry Society Choice which has also heralded her as one of 20 'Next Generation' poets.

Glebe House honorary patron Malachi O'Doherty, said: "We use this word community so lightly and in ways which are politically charged.

"So let's hear from poets what it means to them."

The competition is now open and will run until October 16.

Entries should be no longer than 40 lines.

Visit glebehouseni.com for further details.

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