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NCLA Water Poetry Competition
Deadline: 13 January 2012
The NCLA ‘Water’ Poetry Competition is organised by the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts (NCLA) and run in association with the Newcastle University Societal Challenge programme on sustainability and Northumbrian Water.
The Main category is open to all UK residents. The North East Young Adult category is open to residents of the North East of England who are no more than 19 years old on 13/01/2012.
The contests aim is make you to think about water in all its aspects and submit poems which use it as a theme.
Water is essential to life and also endangers. It satisfies our thirst but erodes the material fabric of our lives; it is hoarded as a precious commodity and it destroys human life and habitation through floods, tidal waves and tsunamis. It covers almost three quarters of the surface of the globe, and yet its scarcity now and in the future is one of our major challenges. An eighth of the world’s population does not have access to safe drinking water; almost double that number is denied adequate sanitation. Water is at the source of divisive political struggles, and at the same time central to our imaginations as both symbol and actuality.
T.S. Eliot’s great modernist poem, ‘The Waste Land’, used the absence of water as a metaphor for the spiritual aridity of modern life; more recently Alice Oswald has traced the course of a river in ‘Dart’, and Kathleen Jamie has celebrated a more humble manifestation of water in ‘The Puddle’.
Competition rules and further information about submission: