World Poetry Day

Today (March 21st) is World Poetry Day, a time to support poets and poetry around the world. With this in mind, students and staff from the Department of English at the University of Chester have been furiously submitting poems to the Department’s online magazine Pandora’s Inbox, which features some of the best creative writing from the year including new poetry from students Cal Buckley, George Hill, Jonathan Hay, Sarah Kissack, Daisy Lovett, Paige Mcdermott, Reece Merrifield, Lydia Pugh, Courtney Thomas and many others.

The three student editors, Cal Buckley, Jonathan Hay and Liz Milne, will select the best of the best for Pandora’s Box, the printed magazine, with a number of prizes in the form of book tokens being awarded: First Prize: £150, Second Prize: £100, Third Prize: £75, and £30 for every poem chosen for the magazine!

Pandora’s Box will be launched at one of our famous open-mic nights, where students and staff get together and read out their work with a glass of wine. Our open-mic nights are held four times a year, and a wonderful time is had by all. See photos from our last open-mic night here on our Creative Writing blog (where you can also find out about lots of other things staff and students have been up to).   

We offer three Creative Writing modules in poetry at the University of Chester: Writing Poetry (Year 1), Poetry: Other Voices, Other Forms (Year 2), and Writing Poetry for Publication (Year 3). For more information, visit our Department webpage.

So let’s raise a glass together to World Poetry Day!

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