Poetry Please!

Amateur poets of all ages are being urged to take part in a poetry competition aimed at raising funds for Darlington Covid hit charities.
The competition is being run by Darlington Rotary and is open to all comers in three age groups – 0 to 18; 19 to 40 and 40+.
The theme is ‘My Favourite Things’ and those judged to be the best ten in each age category will be published in a booklet which will be sold with the proceeds going into Rotary’s charity fund.
The organiser is Rotary member Sue Campbell, who said: ‘It’s a wide ranging theme to enable as many people as possible to enter – from school children to those who have been writing poetry all their lives.
‘There’s no entrance fee and the poems can be any type – from limericks to serious verse – and any length, as long as they’re not an odyssey.
‘And they can be about everything from people to places, pastimes to possessions, pets to pubs. Just as long as they are original and clean...’
One poem judged the best in each age category will receive a small cash prize. The judge will be former editor and Northern Echo columnist, occasional poet and published author, Peter Barron.
President of Darlington Rotary, Nigel Little said: ‘Like all organisations, we have been looking at different ways of raising funds.
‘Most people have the capacity to write a verse or two and we’re inviting as many people as possible to take part in what is a real community project.’
To enter email your poem and title, along with your name, age and where you live, to @dtonrotary@gmail.com. The competition will run until May 1 2021.

Poetry Please!