Worthing people need to be quick to enter poetry competition

THE Herald is calling on its readers to put pen to paper and come up with the perfect poem.

We have joined forces with Paul Eustace who is helping to organise events in Worthing to mark National Poetry Day on October 4.

Readers need to be quick to enter their poems and be in with a chance of having their verse published in the Herald, read at a peotry day performance and winning money to spend at Kim’s Bookshop. The deadline is Thursday, September 13.

Paul, from Worthing, said: “So don’t be shy. We know there’s talent out there. Share it by sending as many entries as you like, free of charge.”

The competition is open to anyone who lives or works in Worthing and entrants can choose their own subject, or use the national theme of stars for inspiration.

There are three age categories, with different word limits, which must not be exceeded.

For the 19 and over category, the maximum is 300 words. Ages 16-19 can use up to 200 words and under 16 have a maximum of 100 words.

The top three in each class will be published in the Herald on September 20, so readers can then vote for their favourite.

The writers of the top-three poems in each class need to be available to have their photograph taken at St Paul’s Centre, Chapel Road, Worthing, at 10am on Saturday, September 15, for use in the Herald.

The outright winning poems will be published on October 4, National Poetry Day.

Kim’s Bookshop is providing prizes for each group so winners can order books worth £25, £15 and £10 respectively.

On Thursday, October 4, the Lime Café at St Paul’s Centre will have poetry wall display , which people can add to, from 10am. In the evening, doors will open at 7pm, with Patience Agbabi performing her work from 7.30pm. Tickets are £10.

Before Patience starts, the winners can read their successful creation or, if too shy, can have it read for them.

Poem entries can be sent online at poetryinworthing.com or by post to Poetry Comp, 50 St Thomas’s Road, Worthing, BN14 7JN.

Please state your age, full address and telephone number on the entry. Do not send original copies in the post as they will not be returned.