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New poetry festival for the Yorkshire Wolds wants your poems

A new one-day poetry festival for the East Yorkshire Wolds is looking for poetry from local people for an Open Mic, and a Book Collection for the event, which is to be held in North Dalton on Saturday, 21 September.

“The High Wolds Poetry Festival is a free-to-all celebration of poetry for absolutely anyone of any age to share their own or other people’s work. If you live in, love or know the High Wolds of Yorkshire, come along and share your poetry with us,” said Julian F. Woodford, festival director.

“This is poetry by, from and about the places and people of the Wolds but also open to anyone from out of the area to come and get involved. With harvest about wrapped up and the full moon autumn equinox looming, it should be a good day!”

Entries for the custom-designed festival book collection close on Saturday, 31 August and can be sent by email to highwoldspoetry@gmail.com  or by post to The Festival Director, The High Wolds Poetry Festival, East Riding Museums, Treasure House, Champney Road, Beverley HU17 8HE. Entries for the Open Mic  or for people who wish to read are open until the day prior to the festival.

The festival is to be held at North Dalton Village Hall, Main Street, North Dalton, East Yorkshire, Y025 9XA.

The festival, which will offer homemade local refreshments, has been developed by East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s East Riding Museums Service.

Nial Adams, Museums Manager, said: “Poetry is for, by and about people and I’m greatly looking forward to seeing what the people of the North Wolds can do!”

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NB This festival will be a great opportunity for budding poets who are intending to enter the East Riding Festival of Words Poetry Competition. This year’s theme is ‘My Mind, My Thoughts’, and entries will be judged by a panel of published Yorkshire poets led by James Nash. The closing date for entries is Saturday, 30 November, 2019. Entries can be made online at www.festivalofwords.co.uk. They cost £3 for adults, and schoolchildren of any age can enter free of charge.

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