A NATIONAL competition encouraging the UK’s poets to share their verse is on the lookout for entries.

Hidden Voices, launched by Bespoke Verse and the Forward Arts Foundation to mark the 25th anniversary of National Poetry Day, wants to hear from the estimates two million people writing poetry for themselves, their friends and family to mark significant moments in their lives.

Organisers are looking for poems of up to 30 lines on the subject of truth – the theme of National Poetry Day 2019 – and 20 winners will receive a copy of their poem typeset, designed, printed and framed by Bespoke Verses.

The UK is a nation of poets and poetry-lovers, with the government’s most recent Taking Part survey in 2016/17 putting the number of poetry-writers at two million. The forces community is no exception – here at Army&You we often receive poems from service families and those in the veteran community.

The National Literacy Trust’s 2018 survey A Thing That Makes Me Happy revealed that 46 per cent of children and young people turn to poetry in their spare time.

Find out more at Hidden Voices poetry competition 2019 – the competition is open to all and closes on 1 August 2019.

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