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Young Poets Wanted

Date: 14/05/2008           Category: Arts and Libraries

Rainham Poetry Group recently won a grant to publish two books of poetry by Medway writers - one for adults and one for children. Now they are looking for poems to put in them. Two local poets, Kath Wayman and Tina Lawlor Mottram, are co-editing the children's book and are looking for youngsters in Medway to get writing. They will help children to write their poems at an event in Chatham Library on Thursday May 29 from 11 am to 12 noon. Children will also be encouraged to illustrate their poems. Some of the poems and drawings will then be selected to be published in the book of poetry for children. Admission is free to the workshop and activities are suitable for children of all ages, accompanied by an adult. The children's parent or guardian will need to sign a permission to publish, which will be available on the day. Adults are also invited to send in poems suitable for children, which should be no longer than 40 lines and emailed to waymumathome@hotmail.co.uk or serpentina@blueyonder.co.uk. See www.rainhampoetrygroup.com for more information about Rainham Poetry Group. Kath Wayman lives in Rainham. She has been reading her poetry live on Sunlight Radio for many years with the Rainham Poetry Group. Tina Lawlor Mottram lives in Gillingham. Many of her poems have been published, and her recently published collection of poems and illustrations entitled 'When the Forevers Become' is available to borrow from Medway libraries. Contact Chatham Library 01634 337799 for more information or to book a place. Children under eight must be accompanied by an adult.