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Angus Provost Councillor Helen Oswald on Carnoustie Beach, a location she hopes one day to write a poem about.

Angus Provost Councillor Helen Oswald on Carnoustie Beach, a location she hopes one day to write a poem about.

The Tartan Treasures poetry competition hopes to discover first-class modern day poets who have been inspired by the beauty of Scotland.

The competition is part of this year’s Tartan Day Scotland Festival, which takes place across Angus from April 5 to 13 and, to celebrate Homecoming Scotland, is asking poets of all ages and from anywhere in the world to write a poem summing up what Scotland means to them.

“Poetry can be such an effective medium for expressing thoughts and feelings,” said Angus Provost Helen Oswald, who is one of the three judges in the competition. “I love poetry and Carnoustie beach is the one place that always makes me wish I could write poetry.”

The Tartan Treasures Poetry Competition is organised by Angus Council and is open to non-professional poets of all ages, with categories for adults, secondary school pupils and primary school pupils.

Poems submitted to the competition can take any form but must be a maximum of 40 lines long and must reflect the theme of the competition - ‘What Scotland Means To Me’.

Three stories from each category will be chosen to go forward to the final round, where they will be judged anonymously. The judges include Councillor Oswald and Kevin Reid, a published local poet.

The winning poem from each category will be announced at a special prize-giving ceremony during the Tartan Day Scotland Festival, which is part of Homecoming Scotland 2014. The writers of the three winning poems will each receive a Kindle Fire, while their winning poems will appear in the local Angus County Press newspapers and will be featured on the Tartan Day Scotland facebook page and at www.tartandayscotland.com being read by professional storytellers.

The closing date for entries is February 21. For more information, and to download an entry form, visit www.tartandayscotland.com/treasures or pick up a Tartan Treasures competition leaflet at libraries, museums, leisure centres and ACCESS offices across Angus.

 

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