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Cheshire school kids could have the chance to see their poetry included in a national anthology as part of the new Laureate Education Project, Mother Tongue Other Tongue 2013.
Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy will launch the project at a special event held at Manchester Metropolitan University on January 30th.
The project will take the form of a series of regional competitions, which will be split into two parts. “Mother Tongue” will see children who do not have English as a first language write about what a lullaby, poem or song in their native language means to them, while as part of “Other Tongue” pupils will create an original poem in a second language that they are learning at school.
The competition will be open to school pupils aged eight to 18 from, with a major national celebration to be held in November 2013. Schools interested in taking part should contact Claudia Conerney on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The competition closing date is June 30th 2013. Schools will put forward a shortlist of 10 entries each to be judged, and the winners will have their work published in an anthology.
Carol Ann Duffy said: “I am delighted to announce Mother Tongue Other Tongue 2013 as the next Laureate Education project; a multilingual poetry competition that celebrates cultural diversity and the multitude of languages currently spoken in schools across England, Wales and Scotland.
“The competition is a unique opportunity for pupils whose first language is not English and those learning another language at school to showcase their creative and linguistic talents and to have their work published in an anthology.”
The competition will be run by Manchester Metropolitan University and Routes into Languages, in partnership with The Poetry Society, Scottish CILT, The Poetry Book Society and the Poetry Translation Centre.
Rules of entry and details of how to submit poems are available on the website, www.mtot.org.uk