Ar­gyll poem could be £1,000 prize win­ner

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

A POEM about Oban or an­other town in your cir­cu­la­tion area could win £1,000 in a free po­etry com­pe­ti­tion.

En­try is com­pletely free and any­one, young or old, can have a go – be­gin­ners too. All you have to do is send a poem about Oban or an­other town in the area to Lo­cal Poem by email info@ unit­ed­press.co.uk or post to United Press Ltd, Ad­mail 3735, Lon­don, EC1B 1JB.

The best poem will win £1,000 cash and you can send up to three en­tries, which must be no more than 25 lines (each blank line counts as one line) and 160 words each.

‘It can even be about some­thing or some­one from the poet’s home area,’ ex­plained a United Press spokesman.

‘ We find that po­ems writ­ten from per­sonal ob­ser­va­tion and ex­pe­ri­ence are the most heart­felt and ex­pres­sive, so we’re ex­pect­ing some great en­tries from your read­ers.

‘The con­test is de­signed to en­cour­age or­di­nary peo­ple to write po­etry – to both ex­press them­selves and be more cre­ative.’

‘Last year’s win­ner was Poppy Turner from Heb­den Bridge in York­shire who read her poem out on an episode of the BBC’s Coun­try­file, and pre­vi­ous win­ners came from Le­ices­ter, Sur­rey, South York­shire, Bris­tol, Ox­ford, Stafford, Rother­ham and Greater Manch­ester.

Win­ning po­ems have been about a river, a tower, a lo­cal char­ac­ter, vil­lage life and lo­cal his­tory.

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