Young people with a love of poetry are being invited to put themselves forward for the role of Staffordshire Young Poet Laureate.

The role is open to teens aged 14 to 18 and is a one year position. Applicants must either live or study in Staffordshire, share a love of poetry and a desire to promote it and the successful applicant will take up the role from 7 October 2021.

The appointment by Staffordshire County Council’s Libraries and Arts Service aims to promote an appreciation of poetry across the county.

Victoria Wilson, (main picture) Cabinet Member responsible for libraries at Staffordshire County Council, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for young people who love poetry and writing and want to share their love of it with others.  Our Young Poet Laureate scheme is now in its ninth year and we’ve had some wonderful young poets. Over the years we’ve seen writing competitions, poetry talks, presentations and online recitals, all helping encourage more people into poetry. Entries close at 5pm on Friday 16 July and I would encourage anyone who is passionate about poetry to apply.”

Further details are available at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/libraries

The winner will be announced on National Poetry Day on Thursday 7 October 2021.

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