Poetry work marks Nantwich festival milestone

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Nantwich Words and Music Festival is marking its tenth year by launching a poetry anthology.

The work will feature a collection of the poems submitted to the festival’s poetry competition over the last decade.

Winning poets have the chance to win tickets to see Roger McGough performing at The Crown during the festival along with cash prizes.

Poetry features heavily in this year’s event with poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy reading from her collection in Nantwich’s Players’ Theatre.

The anthology’s editor, Philip Williams, a former winner of the competition, said: “It seems appropriate to mark the 10th anniversary with a published collection of winning poems.

“The competition has attracted entries from all over the UK and judges have included leading poets such as Simon Armitage, Kim Moore (pictured) and Elisabeth Sennett Clough.

“It would be great to see them all within a single volume for a wider audience.”

This year’s competition will be judged by former Cheshire Poet Laureate John Lindley.

The week-long festival runs from October 9 and features live music from Tom Robinson and band, Mark Radcliffe’s Galleon Blast and alt-rockers THERAPY?.

The competition closing date is September 4. For details visit www.wordsandmusicfestival.com.

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