25 May 2019

Launch of James Dodding Memorial Award – Invitation goes out to young poets in Garstang area.

An annual award for young poets in the Garstang area has been launched as a tribute to one of the town’s best known teachers of drama and poetry.

Professor James Dodding, who tutored generations of actors on both sides of the Atlantic, died in March last year. One of his lasting legacies locally was his role in the foundation of Garstang Poetry Appreciation Society.

Over the past few months society members have raised around £1,000 to fund an annual award for young poets of primary and secondary school age.

Entries are invited from young people who live in or attend schools in Garstang, Bilsborrow, Myerscough, Claughton-on-Brock, Catterall, Barnacre with Bonds, Cabus, Bleasdale, Forton, Winmarleigh, Kirkland and Nateby.

Details and entry forms have been sent to all schools in those communities. The forms are also available from MARKET PLACE NEWS, Garstang, and GARSTANG ARTS CENTRE, to where the entry forms should be returned.

There are two age categories:

· Junior: Year groups 4,5 and 6 (for those born between September 1, 2006 and August 31, 2010

· Senior: Year groups 7, 8, and 9 for those born between September 1, 2004 and August 31, 2007.

The prizes are:

Junior: first prize of a £15 voucher. Runner-up £10 voucher.
Senior: first prize of a £20 voucher. Runner-up £15 voucher

The theme/topic for this, the inaugural year of the award is: “CANALS AND WATERWAYS” to be interpreted by the writer however he or she likes. The theme is prompted by this year’s 200th anniversary of the opening of the Lancaster Canal. There is no maximum or minimum length of poem.

Closing time and date for entries is noon on Saturday, July 13, 2019. Judging will take place during summer 2019 and the winners will be announced in late summer. A prize presentation will be held at Garstang Arts Centre one Saturday in September 2019.

(photo courtesy of Nick Parlick)

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