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Calling all Poets – come and take part in the LGBT History Month at West Thames College

Do you fancy yourself as the next Derek Walcott, Alice Walker, Oscar Wilde or Alfred Tennyson? Or maybe you are more of a fan of the current LGBT Poet Laureate, Trudy Howson…

Published: Wednesday, 8th January 2020

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Do you fancy yourself as the next Derek Walcott, Alice Walker, Oscar Wilde or Alfred Tennyson?  Or maybe you are more of a fan of the current LGBT Poet Laureate, Trudy Howson… either way, West Thames College in partnership with Hounslow Council are in search of any budding poets from the borough to enter their competition to tie in with LGBT History Month in February. 

The top five winning poets will be special guests at the event and invited to read out their poems on the stage in West Thames College theatre on Thursday 13 February from 2.00-3.30pm. The winner will receive a £60 gift voucher and certificate issued by the Council. All the winning entries will be published in the next Hounslow Matters, which is circulated to every home in the borough. 

The theme for poems is ‘LGBT History Month’ and what it means for the writer. The competition is now open, and entries should be emailed to: equalities@hounslow.gov.uk by 12pm on Friday 31 January and is for people over 18 who live, study or work in the borough of Hounslow. For more information on the terms and conditions of the poem competition, please click on this link: https://www.hounslow.gov.uk/equalitiesreports 

The Poetry Event will be held on Thursday 13 February at 2.00pm in West Thames College (Spring Grove House). The event is free to attend, and refreshments will be provided. If you are interested in attending the event, please book via Eventbrite or by contacting the Equality and Human Rights Team on equalities@hounslow.gov.uk or call 0208 583 2567. 

Cllr Katherine Dunne, Cabinet Member for Communities and Workforce at Hounslow Council said:  “This event follows on from the hugely successful Black History Month event at the College which I had the pleasure of chairing last year.  Certainly, the LGBT History Month is another important milestone for the College, and here at the Council, we are fully supportive of this event and have no doubt it will be another success.  The launch of the poetry event is a brilliant way of drawing attention to important issues faced by the College and the hugely diverse community in and around it. I look forward to it immensely”.

 

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