School poetry competition for Picador anthology

Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall met students at London's Alexandra Park School yesterday (7th September) at the launch of a national poetry competition for secondary schools, Anthologise.

The competition, spearheaded by poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, encourages students to create their own poetry anthologies. The winning collection, chosen by a panel including Duffy, national poet for Wales Gillian Clarke and Scots makar Liz Lochhead, will be published by Picador in 2013.

Duffy called the competition, “a wonderful opportunity for young people to see their world through poetry, to select the poems which excite or move them most, and to learn the skills of anthologising, editing and costing".

The competition is a Laureate Education project administered by the Poetry Book Society.