'We want everyday reactions to how it’s felt to live in this time': Andrew McMillan on Write Out Loud's poetry competition

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Andrew McMillan, who is judging Write Out Loud’s Beyond the Storm poetry competition in support of NHS Charities Together’s Covid-19 Urgent Appeal, has issued a video message as the 19 June deadline for the competition approaches. Andrew said: “I urge you to come up with a poetic response to lockdown, to the pandemic, to how your life’s been since all this started.” He went on to explain: “And it needn’t be anything dramatic, ...

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