Making waves: Luke Wright to judge sound files in spoken poetry contest

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Leading performance poet Luke Wright will be judging Making Waves, a new spoken poetry competition in which poets are invited to send in short spoken poems of 200 seconds as digital sound files. The first prize is £600 and the deadline is 3 September.

The competition is organised by Falmouth Poetry Group. The group’s Dominic Power said: “It is designed to appeal to young poets and spoken word artists and requires only basic computer skills to make the digital sound files - and is ideal for ‘bedroom performers’ to find their first audience.”

Falmouth Poetry Group was founded in the 1960s by the late Peter Redgrove. His widow, the poet Penelope Shuttle, is president of the group. Dominic added: “We meet on the second Monday of the month in the Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society. Supported by the Arts Council, we have held the Cornwall contemporary poetry festival as a bi-yearly event since 2014. Making Waves is designed to keep us busy during the ‘off’ year.

“We decided on the spoken word form of competition to reach young computer-literate poets and performers and because it has become technically possible for everyone to record and edit sound files - and because we wanted to be in the vanguard of the groups who connect the spoken word with literary poetry.” More details



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