poetry anthology - poet Kim Moore who from Words & Music Festival 2015 when judged the competition

Nantwich Words & Music Festival is marking its tenth year by launching an anniversary poetry anthology.

Organisers say the anthology will feature a collection of poems submitted to the festival’s popular poetry competition in the past decade, judged by renown poets like Kim Moore (pictured).

Winning poets have the chance to earn tickets to see Roger McGough performing at The Crown Hotel Ballroom during the week of the 2017 festival, as well as cash prizes.

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

Philip Williams, the anthology’s editor, is a former winner of the competition.

He said: “It seems appropriate to mark the 10th anniversary of this exciting Festival 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 and Elisabeth Sennett Clough.

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

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

A varied selection of live original music will be available during the week-long festival which runs from October 9 to 15 in venues across Nantwich.

This year’s line-up includes Tom Robinson and Band, Mark Radcliffe’s Galleon Blast and up and coming indie band, Little Comets as well as alternative rock band THERAPY?

The poetry competition’s closing date is September 4.

Full details, terms and conditions and links to buy tickets can be found on the Words & Music Festival website www.wordsandmusicfestival.com

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