Saltaire Festival Poetry Competion 2020

Saltaire Festival is calling all poets to action

As you know, due to the Covid-19 situation we have had to reinvent the 2020 live festival.

We have been exploring other ways of bringing some of the festival elements to you, and this is our first online event.

Our previous two competitions saw some brilliant poetry submitted, and we wanted to be able to offer the opportunity again to all you creatives out there.

This year’s theme is Green Aire. We are looking for poems that explore some aspect of the Aire Valley and links with Saltaire. The judges will be particularly looking for links to the Aire Valley and Saltaire and not just general “green” poetry.

The Judges

We are delighted that Kristina Diprose and Davina Silver have agreed to judge the 2020 competition.

Kristina Diprose founded and co-runs Rhubarb at the Triangle, a monthly open mic poetry night in Shipley. Kristina’s poetry has featured in online and print journals including Three Drops From a Cauldron, Algebra of Owls, Stirred#1(Björk), Dwell Time, and Route 57, as well as the Un/Forced Rhubarb anthology (Ings Poetry, 2017) and the Leeds Church Institute anthology And the Stones Fell Open (Yaffle, 2020).

Davina Silver studied English at Cambridge before completing an MA in Acting at ArtsEd and working as an actress for companies including: National Theatre, Barbican Theatre, London Bubble, dreamthinkspeak and Signal to Noise. After a life-changing stint as a PA to a rock star, she undertook a PGCE in English and Drama at Goldsmiths and has been working as an English and Drama teacher since then. Davina is the recipient of a Jack Petchey award for outstanding leadership.

The Winners

We will be announcing the winning poets on Tuesday 15 September 2020 when you will be able to hear them read their poems.

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