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Sir Andrew Motion - Pub Poetry competition
Sir Andrew Motion - Pub Poetry competition
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Poulton’s River Wyre Vintage Inn is looking for budding poets to represent the region in a national competition backed by former Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion.

Over seven weeks, contributors from the North West are being invited to co-author an eight-line poem inspired by Sir Andrew’s work on Vintage Inns’ latest national press campaign honouring the Great British rural pub.

Sir Andrew will judge the best line submitted each week, so they can be added to gradually complete the verse. Submissions are being sought from the North West and six other regions.

Each winner will receive a framed copy of the eventual eight-line poem, plus a meal for four with wine at their local Vintage Inn.


There are also 80 signed copies of Sir Andrew’s latest collection of poems, The Cinder Path, with 10 to be given away each week (to the winning co-author plus nine runners up).

The competition is being hosted on the Vintage Inns Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/vintageinns and the first line to start minds wandering is: The muted brilliance of autumn leaves....

Sir Andrew will judge the best each week, which will be added to the poem and uploaded ready for the next line the following week.

Paul Thornhill, landlord at The River Wyre, says: “The company’s new advertising campaign is based on the idea ‘find your country side’ and it’s all to do with escaping from the stresses and strains of everyday life by visiting a perfect country pub like ours.

“We aim to give our guests a taste of well-being, natural warmth and hospitality from the moment they arrive with us, so we’re hoping for some insightful and inspirational contributions.”

Weekly submissions close on Thursdays at 5pm, but Vintage Inns Facebook fans can enter as many times as they like. The weekly winning line chosen by Sir Andrew Motion will be published the following Monday. The competition will then re-open for submissions for the next line, with the seventh and last one uploaded on Monday November 28 – for entrants to complete the poem.

The poem should be in rhyming couplets, so lines one and two should rhyme with each other – and so on.

As an example here is one of the poems Sir Andrew has written exclusively for Vintage Inns, themed around discovering your perfect rural pub...

From the hassles of our working and the tangles of our streets

we arrive in winding villages where peace and pleasure meet.

All around us worlds of trouble turn and tremble as they please.

We are rich in the fulfilment of our vintage life at ease.

Sir Andrew Motion was Poet Laureate from 1999 until 2009. He is now Professor of Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and was knighted for his services to literature in 2009.

The post of Poet Laureate is awarded to a poet whose work is of national significance. The incumbent is Carol Ann Duffy, who was appointed in May 2009 for a fixed 10-year period.