Judges Announced

Judges Announced

Inspirations: Poetry & Creative Writing Competition

Responding to artworks featured in an upcoming summer exhibition at The Atkinson, Natural High, you are invited to submit one entry with a maximum of 1000 words. The competition is for any form of creative writing including poetry, stories, song lyrics, essays, letters, blogs, zines, etc.

All entries will be exhibited on The Atkinson’s website. The winners will be awarded prizes donated by The Arts Society Southport. The winning entries will be displayed alongside the Natural High exhibition in The Atkinson’s galleries.

We are happy to introduce our judging panel.

Tom Kelly, Poet & Playwright

Tom Kelly wrote Dan Dare the Musical which was performed in South Shields in 2003 and he has since kindly donated the script and show memorabilia to The Atkinson’s collection.

Tom has had a varied career from his first job in a Jarrow shipyard Time-Office; to a song writing contract and writing the BBCTV musical documentary Kelly, with Alan Price. He has had a six full-length stage plays produced by The Customs House (South Shields) and his poetry has been published by Red Squirrel Press and appeared in a number of UK magazines, as well as the anthology Land of Three Rivers: The Poetry of North-East England.


Sue Dexter, Southport Arts Society

Sue Dexter is the Young Arts secretary and Community Outreach for Southport Arts Society. Her background is in English teaching with a particular interest in poetry and creative writing.

The Arts Society Southport brings people together through a shared curiosity for the arts. Their events provide welcoming places to hear expert lecturers share their specialist knowledge about the arts. Their members contribute to and preserve our artistic heritage through volunteering and grants. Their work creates a better, healthier and more connected society.


How to enter

Competition deadline: 2 May 2021
Online exhibition: 8 May 2021 – 19 March 2022
Winner announced: 22 May 2021

Download an complete an entry form here.
Return your entry form to jemma.tynan@sefton.gov.uk
Jemma Tynan, The Atkinson, Lord Street, Southport, PR8 1DB.

Posted on 27 April 2021 under General news, Just announced

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