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Okay, not quite. It’s always on the verge of raining here, truth be told. Sigh.

However, there is quite a spring-y competition to tell you about. One in a line of several. This time it is for Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year. See lovely brochure photo.

Like last year, I’m one of the judges for it — and last year believe me we had a whale of a time. The judging was as it was (always interesting) but the celebration night was pretty spectacular. The way it works is: long-listed poems go into an anthology (available on the night); short-listed poets read their work on the night (along with yours truly). From that the top three places are decided, along with, this year, a performance prize. And there’s music. And all in all, it’s a ball. We had well over a hundred folks last year.

So. See flyer. And here are the entry form and rules. Deadline is the end of May. Once again: you know you want to. (p.s. sorry about the darkness of this: it’s colourful in ‘real life’. Can’t figure out why it’s coming up black-y! Oh well. Details are in the rules anyway…)

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but as you can see from the last post, I’m slightly at sixes and sevens. As they say.

Canterbury Festival logoAnyone who’s interested: I’m doing a FREE workshop for the Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year Competition on Tuesday night, 4 March.

Purpose: kickstarting and/or workshopping poems for the competition

Time: 7.30 pm

Venue: Dominican Priory, St Peters Lane, Canterbury CT1 2BP

Book through: johnp@canterburyfestival.co.uk
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So come on down!

More details about the competition itself — which I’m judging along with Vicky Wilson (Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year 2007) — to follow.

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A writer born in Texas, who grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia (yes, like the song), and who's been living in the UK since 1988. I've published two books (see below), and teach creative writing at the University of Kent. I'm married to a composer, and we have two young children. See About for my full profile.