Local success in national poetry competition

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Two poets from the north of the county are among 250 nationwide to have earned their work a place in a new anthology.

Organisers have whittled 10,000 entrants into 250 regional winners, with Kenneth Gear from Barton Seagrave and Gillian Campen from Kettering – who goes by the pen name Evelyn Wilson – two local successes.

They will each receive a free copy of the resultant book, the National Poetry Anthology.

Peter Quinn, from United Press, which publishes the anthology, said: “It’s the most democratic competition there has ever been because the winner is chosen by his or her fellow poets.

“The aim of the competition is to encourage more people to express themselves through poetry and the new competition is already open for entries.”

“The National Poetry Anthology is designed to encourage new writers. It has rocketed in popularity and we expect the new one to be even better.”

All the regional winners vote for the best poem in the book. Harry Radcliffe from Buckinghamshire was voted this year’s overall winner and received the cash prize of £1,000 and trophy to keep for life for his poem Smiles In My Eyes.