In the quaint and artistic South West England town of Corsham, Peacocks swagger down streets, snoop in shop windows, disrupt afternoon snoozes, and inspire Corsham Court’s creative writing students with their cries.
The StoryTown Corsham festival occurs every October, brimming with storytelling, writing… and peacocks! To further celebrate Corsham’s blue-feathered and brash residents, StoryTown are now inviting aspiring writers to ponder peacocks in their poetry and enter these poems into the StoryTown 2020 Poetry Competition.
There are three age categories: Under 11s, 11-17 and 18 and over. Dawn Gorman, poet and broadcaster, will be the judge and read all entries to decide a winner and runner up for each category.
Closing date: Midnight, Thursday 31st December 2020
There is no entry fee.
Visit the Corsham Town Council Website to find out more and enter your poem.
The winners in all three age categories will be invited to read their poem on The Poetry Place poetry magazine programme on West Wilts Radio (www.westwiltsradio.com). They will also each win a voucher for a meal for four people at The Swan Hotel in Bradford on Avon and a £20 book token. One runner up in each category will receive a £10 book token.
Dawn Gorman is a poet, editor, radio presenter and poetry writing tutor and mentor. She co-hosts West Wiltshire Radio’s monthly poetry magazine programme, The Poetry Place, and devises and runs community arts events, including the monthly reading series Words & Ears in Bradford on Avon. Her latest book, Instead, Let Us Say (Dempsey & Windle, 2019) won the Brian Dempsey Memorial Prize, while This Meeting of Tracks (Toadlily Press, 2013), was published in the Pushcart Prize-nominated four-poet book Mend & Hone. A new publication, Aloneness Is A Many-headed Bird, co-written with poet Rosie Jackson, will be published by Hedgehog Press later this year.
StoryTown is led by Corsham Town Council and co-produced with Paper Nations.