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Brighton Journal | 2nd April 2020

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Peacock Poetry Prize on the hunt for talented young poets

Hannah Midgley

Brighton Festival is on the hunt for talented young poets to send their best poems for the Peacock Poetry Prize.

Brighton & Hove, East and West Sussex young writers aged 8-19 have until the 12th of April to submit up to three poems no longer than 20 lines each.

This year’s theme, chosen by Brighton Festival Guest Director Rokia Traoré, is ‘journeys’. Pippa Smith, Brighton Festival’s Children and Family Producer, explains that “The theme of journeys can be literal or abstract, whether it’s about a favourite stroll or the distance between you and your dreams.”

I want my journey to be a shared experience and feel responsible to share that journey with young people. Brighton Festival allows its audience to travel and learn about the rest of the world through the stories and journeys of its guests without leaving Brighton, which is extended to young people by the Peacock Poetry Prize.

Rokia Traoré
Rokia Traoré

The young writers will be divided into three age groups: 8-11, 12-15 and 16-19. Successful applicants will be invited at Brighton Dome for a tea party and prize giving with friends and family on the 23rd of May, the day the winners are revealed.

William Baldwin, Principal of Brighton Hove & Sussex Sixth Form College said:

We’re proud to be sponsoring the Peacock Poetry Prize because it allows the work of young people to be recognised and appreciated within the Festival. Poetry permits both its author and audience to go on a journey together, expressing their creativity and imagination. As poetry is such a universal vehicle of human expression it’s vital that we continue to nurture a love for it in the younger generation.

The prize is open for entries until the 12th of April. Entrants can send their poems, along with their name and age, to winners will be announced at Brighton Dome on Thursday 23rd of May at 5PM.

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