Search on for town poetry champion

The search is on for the poetry “laureate” of Girvan.

Entry is free and, like all the other winners, the Girvan, Ayrshire “laureate” will get their work published in the National Poetry Anthology and receive a free copy of the book. One overall winner also receives £1,000.

One Girvan lady whose poem was included in last year’s edition ‘Homeland’, which is available at all good bookshops, was Marion Kelso from Girvan.

Marion’s poem, Shell of my Life, is about her early childhood in the town and describes her experiences at school in Girvan.

“I just did it for something to do”, said Marion, “I put some verses together hoping to win £1000, but of course that didn’t happen.”

“But I wonder if there are any more people from the Carrick area who had written verses to United Press?”

“The NPA is designed to encourage writers,” its editor, Peter Quinn, told Carrick Gazette. “It’s now the biggest free-to-enter annual poetry contest in the UK. We picked 250 town winners last year but we want the new edition to include a winner from every town and village in the circulation area of Carrick Gazette.” Send up to three unpublished poems, on any subject (up to 25 lines and 160 words each) to United Press, Admail 3735, London EC1B 1JB by the closing date of June 30th 2013. Enclose a loose stamp if you want a reply. For more details 0844 800 9177 or visit You can also enter by email to