Call for budding poets to come forward

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A FERRING country pub restaurant is on the lookout for budding poets to represent the South East in a competition across Britain.

The Swallows Return Vintage Inn, in Titnore Lane, is inviting punters to co-author an eight-line poem which honours the great British rural pub.

The competition is running from now until Monday, December 5, and is backed by former Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion.

Kerry Watts, landlady at The Swallows Return, said: “Our new advertising campaign is based on the idea ‘find your country side’ and it’s all to do with escaping from the stresses and strains of everyday life by visiting a perfect country pub like ours.

“We trust as our guests arrive they get a taste of well-being, natural warmth and hospitality, so we’re hoping for some insightful and inspirational contributions – plus, of course, we’d love the winning South East line to be from one of our own.”

Sir Andrew will judge the best line submitted each week, so they can be added to gradually complete the verse.

Submissions are being sought from South East, plus six other regions.

Each winner will receive a framed copy of the eventual eight-line poem, plus a meal for four with wine at the Swallows Return.

There are also 70 signed copies of Sir Andrew’s latest collection of poems, The Cinder Path, which has been shortlisted for The Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry, with 10 to be given away each week.

Weekly submissions will close on Thursdays at 5pm, but Vintage Inns Facebook fans can enter as many times as they like.

The weekly winning line chosen by Sir Andrew Motion will be published the following Monday.

The competition will then re-open for submissions for the next line.

The poem should be in rhyming couplets, so lines one and two should rhyme with each other.