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10 June 2015

Help us house the talents of young poets at the National Eisteddfod

To celebrate this year's National Eisteddfod in Powys, the Community Housing Cymru Group (CHC) is launching a competition to find a budding bard who can create winning verse.

CHC, the representative body for Welsh housing associations, wants children from schools throughout Powys to get involved in the competition and pen a poem on the theme –
‘What does home mean to you?’

Launching the competition, Group Chief Executive Stuart Ropke said: “Having a home is a basic need for us all, but ‘home’ can mean so many different things. Our competition aims to give young poets the opportunity to harness their creativity and to sum up in their own words just what ‘home’ really means to them. Poetry is personal but still allows shared experiences. This competition is a great way for school children to use their imagination to learn more about themselves and their abilities. I’m very much looking forward to reading the entries."

The winning poets and their entries will be invited to a special award ceremony at CHC’s Eisteddfod stand on 6th August. Their poems will be proudly displayed and recited by a very special guest.

The Rules and How to Enter:

  • The CHC poetry competition is open to all school children from the Powys County Council area.
  • All poems must be based around the theme: “What does home mean to you?”
  • The competition has two age categories: ages 6-8 and 9-11 years.
  • Poems should be no longer than 250 words and can be penned in either English or Welsh.
  • Please include a photograph of the poet with each entry, along with their full name, age and name of their school.
  • The winning poems from each age range will be selected by a panel of guest judges.
  • The competition closes on July 17th, with a shortlist of five entries per category announced on July 21st.
  • The overall winners of the competition will announced at the Eisteddfod on 6th August.

Please mark your entries as 'CHC Poetry Competition' and send all entries to [email protected]. Alternatively, post your entry to 'CHC Poetry Competition', Community Housing Cymru, 2 Ocean Way, Cardiff, CF24 5TG.