Words help build African school

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MORPETH based fund-raisers are looking for limericks and seeking sonnets in aid of African charity work.

A new poetry competition has been launched by the Northumberland supporters of the Jitegemee School Building Project, which raises funds to provide a school in Tanzania.

Supporters in Hepscott organise a number of activities throughout the year to support the fund.

And the poetry competition is the latest idea.

It is open to anyone aged 17 and over.

Participants can submit a poem of up to 40 lines, covering any subject and written in any style.

The entries will be judged by Newcastle poet and creative writing tutor Kathleen Kenny.

A top prize of £125 is up for grabs, and there is £75 for second place and £50 for third place. Five runners-up will receive £10 and two poetry books by Ms Kenny.

Entry costs £4 per poem, or £10 to submit four pieces, and can be sent in by email or post by Tuesday, November 15. Poems cannot be returned.

To enter by email send it to carlottaj5@hotmail.com and pay by PayPal.

To post an entry send the poem on an A4 sheet with the title on the top to Competition Secretary, Fordwich House, Hepscott, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 6LN.

The competitor’s name should not appear with the poem, but should be on a separate covering sheet, with their address, telephone number and email address.

Cheques should be made out to Jitegemee School Project, with a name and telephone number on the back.

For more details visit www.jitegemeeproject.org