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'Be bold and be brave': that's the message from competition judge Andrew McMilllan

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Write Out Loud’s Beyond the Storm competition judge Andrew McMillan has outlined the kind of poems he is looking for when he sifts through shortlisted entries. He said: “I’m looking forward to spending some time in isolation with your poems!  Poetry has a unique ability to reflect on what is happening now but also imagine a different world which might emerge. Be bold and be brave.”

We’re looking for poems about life under lockdown, and what the future may hold in the aftermath. Andrew will be supported by the BBC Casualty team, who will recite shortlisted entries on video for a special ‘People’s Vote’ category alongside the competition winners. We’re aiming to raise more funds for the NHS appeal by encouraging people to donate when they vote. 

The inclusion of a popular vote may come as a surprise, but Andrew McMillan, pictured right, said: “I want this to bring in serious, considered poetry, but also to have a broader, public appeal, to boost donations at this most critical time in NHS history.”


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Trevor Wainwright

Fri 15th May 2020 20:22

Done that, poetry as I see the situation Trev Style, the truth as Trev sees it, not everybodys but mine

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