On the hunt for Portsmouth’s first Young Poet Laureate

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PORTSMOUTH is on the lookout for a talented young writer to be crowned the city’s Young Poet Laureate.

Youngsters aged between 13 and 19 who live, work or go to school in Portsmouth, are invited to apply for the prestigious title that would see the winner write and perform poetry to audiences.

Last year, University of Portsmouth student KeliAnne B became the first ever Portsmouth Poet Laureate. A new person will take up this role in February 2012 – and the city needs a young poet to work alongside them, encouraging and inspiring other youngsters to pick up their pens.

Dom Kippin, the council’s literature development officer, said: ‘The Portsmouth Young Poet Laureate will be asked to create work to celebrate special events or occasions in the city, as well as perform at events in libraries, schools, festivals, and other community events.’

To apply, submit an original poem or spoken word piece about Portsmouth and send it to Dom Kippin, literature development officer cultural services, civic offices, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, PO1 2AD. You can also email it to dominic.kippin@portsmouthcc.gov.uk.

The winner will be announced in February 2012.