Tartan Treasures launches poetry competition

Angus Council’s Tartan Treasures Poetry competition, launched last week, is bidding to find the best modern day poet.

The competition is hoping that Burns Night, which takes place on Saturday, can help inspire budding wordsmiths.

The competition has been launched as part of the annual Tartan Day Scotland Festival, which this year takes place across Angus from April 5 to 13.

This year in celebration of Homecoming Scotland, poets of all ages and from anywhere in the world are invited to write a poem summing up what Scotland means to them.

Angus Provost Helen Oswald said: “This year, with an open invitation to poets from across the globe, we’re hoping for even more entries. I strongly suspect poems will be submitted that will make us smile, laugh, think and even cry.”

The competition is open to non-professional poets of all ages, with categories for adults, secondary school pupils and primary school pupils. Poems submitted to the competition can take any form but must be a maximum of 40 lines long and must reflect the theme of the competition - ‘What Scotland Means To Me’. Three poems from each category will be chosen to go forward to the final round. Judges include Provost Oswald and Kevin Reid, a published local poet.

The writers of the three winning poems will each receive a Kindle Fire, and their poems will appear in the local Angus County Press newspapers and will be featured on the Tartan Day Scotland Facebook page and read on www.tartandayscotland.com.

The closing date for the competition is February, 21. Visit tartandayscotland.com/treasures for more and to download an entry form. Competition leaflets are available at Angus libraries, museums, leisure centres and ACCESS offices.