George Szirtes to judge Ealing Autumn Festival Poetry Competition!


Stars in the Family
10-26th October 2014

e98704_3e2832619b4e5f1cd13cee3b4c094f17_png_srz_150_140_75_22_0_50_1_20_0West London’s newest award-winning, multi-arts festival will take place from October 10th to 26th at various venues in the London Borough of Ealing.

The Festival has a special focus on highly innovative programming that encompasses music, opera, visual art, literature, film, dance and heritage events.

The 2014 Festival is drawing inspiration from Galileo Galilei whose father, Vincenzo, was one of the leading inventors of opera and whose eldest daughter, Virginia, was a copious letter-writer – a family of stars and star-gazers.

There will be a new opera, concerts, films, drama, poetry, new visual art, family events and events about families, and much more, to intrigue and delight.

roundcubeThe Festival is also putting on its first poetry competition with the theme Constellations and the judge is George Szirtes, one of the leading living poets writing in English.

George Szirtes is an experienced judge and is himself the recipient of many major awards including the prestigious T S Eliot Prize for Poetry.

The competition is open to anyone with cash prizes totalling £500 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize-winners.  There are two categories including a special category for 18 years and under. The winning poems will be published on the Ealing Autumn Festival website.

Gillian Spragg, Artistic Director of Ealing Autumn Festival said:

“we are obviously excited to be able to announce the Festival’s first poetry competition but even more delighted that such an eminent and well-loved poet should have accepted our invitation to judge it.

Constellations is an inspiring theme: looking at the stars always sparks something special in the imagination and we are looking forward to receiving both interesting and outstanding writing.”


George Szirtes will announce the winners and present the prizes on Tuesday 21 October when he will be taking the stage at the Ealing Autumn Festival with an event entitled George Szirtes and a family in artistic collaboration. Competition winners will also be invited to read their poems at this event.

Closing date for entries for the poetry competition is 5pm, Monday 8th September 2014.

Further information:
020 8567 7623

The Ealing Autumn Festival is organized by West London Arts Scene Limited, a not-for-profit company promoting arts, culture, heritage, science and educational activities.

West London Arts Scene Limited
76 Milton Road
London W7 1LE


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