The winning poet will receive two paid commissions highlighting projects and activities during the year, including poems linked to Hampshire Cultural Trust's exciting programme of exhibitions and events. As well as being a talented poet, the Hampshire Poet 2018 winner will be a confident speaker and advocate for the pleasures of reading and writing. It’s an exciting opportunity to be a part of the cultural life of the county.
The competition is open to those living, working or studying in Hampshire, aged 18 or over. Entrants must send in two poems from their portfolio plus a short statement of what they can bring to and gain from the experience. The competition closes on Friday 8 December 2017, with the winner due to be announced in the New Year.
The 2016 winner Isabel Rogers (pictured right) produced a wealth of new verse during her laureateship, some published online and in print on bookmarks. She worked on arts and heritage projects across the county and held workshops in a variety of venues including schools, libraries and arts centres, encouraging people of all ages to write their own poetry.
Isabel is a judge for this year's competition and is joined by poet and chair of the Winchester Poetry Festival, Stephen Boyce, alongside Hampshire Cultural Trust Literature Officer, Angela Hicken.