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Fenland Poet Laureate Awards - Shortlisted Poems

This year’s Fenland Poet Laureate Awards produced a particularly strong shortlist of poems. Here are six of the final ten:
First Place - Mary Livingstone
From Maramureş to the Fens
There the strips of land are narrower
than a palmă, a hand’s span, a heart’s span,
fortified by buried stones.
There, mountains from the sea, the earth
is hard to farm. Growing [...]

Short List Announced for Fenland Poet Laureate Awards

The votes are in and the finalists have been announced for this year’s Fenland Poet Laureate Awards!
The annual competition – which is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year – gives local poets a chance to write a poem for Fenland and compete for the prestigious title of Fenland Poet Laureate.
The competition has two categories: adults [...]

Fenland Poet Laureate Awards 2016 - Enter the Competition!

Could you be the next Fenland Poet Laureate?
Enter this free competition for a chance to win the coveted title of Fenland Poet Laureate, and share your passion for poetry! We are looking for poems that represent and relate to the theme of ‘Fenland’ and you can interpret this theme in any way that you like!
Winning [...]

Words on Water: Reflections on the Day

Last week, Welney Wetland Centre provided the setting for a day of poetry organised by the Fen Speak Poetry Collective. The event took place as part of OuseFest 2015, a celebration of the landscape and heritage of the Ouse Washes. It included an afternoon workshop, co-facilitated by Fenland Poet Laureate Jonathan Totman and prizewinning [...]

Littleport Workshop and Slam with Inja and Hollie McNish

Last week, two of the country’s leading performers visited Littleport to give a group of local teenagers advice and tips on writing lyrics, rap and poetry.
The workshop, held on Saturday 20th June, was organised by the Fen Speak Poetry Collective as part of the Isle of Ely Arts Festival, and gave local young people [...]

Words on Water: Poetry & the Ouse Washes

Words on Water: Poetry & The Ouse Washes - Thursday 30th July
As part of OuseFest, a celebration of the landscape and heritage of the Ouse Washes, the Fen Speak Poetry Collective present a day of poetry at Welney Wetland Centre.

Poetry Workshop, 1.30-4.30pm: The afternoon will begin with a guided walk around the [...]

Littleport Spoken Word Workshop and Slam

Littleport Spoken Word Workshop and Slam
Storytelling, Rap and Poetry for 13 – 16 year olds
If you love telling stories, rap or poetry, then this spoken word workshop is for you! You’ll have the chance to create & perform, under the guidance of two of the country’s best Spoken Word artists:

Hollie McNish
Hollie McNish is a poet [...]

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