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January 23, 2013

11.1.2 Philip Wells Fire Poet

Poets of all ages are encouraged to enter the sixth Buxton Poetry Competition and be inspired by this year’s theme of History and Heritage. The Open Poetry category accepts entries from poets over the age of 19, the Young People’s category is for budding poets aged between 12 and 18 and those under the age of 12 are particularly encouraged to enter the Children’s Poetry competition.

The competition, which is organised by Buxton Festival and the University of Derby Buxton, has attracted several thousand entries in the past 5 years from across the UK and other countries including America, Australia and Canada.

Cash prizes totalling £600 should tempt entrants to the Open Category while young people and children have the chance to win book tokens. All 15 finalists’ work will also be displayed between the pillars of the impressive Devonshire Dome at the University of Derby’s Buxton Campus during Buxton Festival in July and then throughout August 2013.

The Open Category will be judged by the acclaimed performance poet Philip Wells, also known as ‘The Fire Poet’. Philip has performed at many venues including, Buckingham Palace, the Royal Albert Hall, Warwick Castle, and also appeared on Newsnight and Radio 5 Live and at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Philip, who is appearing in the 2013 Buxton Festival, said ‘I’m really looking forward to seeing the different perspectives poets bring to the challenging theme of History & Heritage. The past has never felt so important’.

The Young People’s and Children’s category will be judged by Dr Teresa Barnard, Lecturer at the University of Derby and Maria Carnegie,the Library Services Manager at the Devonshire Campus.

Competition organiser Claire Rhodes said: ‘We chose the theme History & Heritage to inspire poets of all styles and levels of experience’. Poets may focus on an event or person in history, their own heritage and family history or may interpret the theme more broadly’.

The competition’s enthusiastic Patron, Lady Jasmine Cavendish, daughter of the Duke of Devonshire, is looking forward to meeting the finalists and hearing the winners read their own work at the Awards event at the Devonshire Campus in early July 2013.

The deadline for entry is April 8th 2013. Entry packs can be downloaded from www.buxtonfestival.co.uk. Please call Claire Rhodes on 01298 70385 or email claire@buxtonfestival.co.uk for an entry form to be posted or emailed to you and for further details about the competition.

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