Saturday, 10 March 2012

Luddites Poetry competition

Dear Friends,

As part of our festival in Huddersfield on April 28th/29th ( Luddites200 is launching a poetry competition. We are really looking forward to seeing who can rival Lord Byron in their appreciation of the Luddites, so please do send us your poems it's free! Please also forward the details and/or the attached press release to friends, family and fellow writers.

Best wishes,

Huddersfield Luddites 200 Festival Poetry Competition

2012 is the 200th anniversary of the uprising by Luddite machine breakers, which inspired great poetry by Byron, Shelley and others. The defeat of the Luddites by thousands of soldiers led to two centuries of industrialism. It's ugliness and beauty, its wealth and its poverty have all been inspiration for truly brilliant pieces. Now we live in a world dominated by science and technology, but on the brink of environmental disaster. What do the Luddites and their mythical leader, General Ned Ludd mean to you?

Luddites 200 is launching a poetry competition, with prizes to be awarded by Andy Croft at our festival in Huddersfield on April 28th/29th. Poems can be in any style, with a maximum length of 40 lines.

Categories 1st Prize

Under 16 £40
Over 16 £40

There will be second and third prizes of books and/or merchandise, to be confirmed on the day.

There is no entry fee, but we would appreciate donations to cover the costs of running our festival. This can be made by visiting and using the donate button on the right, or on the day.

Poems, which should not previously have been published, should be sent to, or by post to Luddites200 Organising Forum, c/o Flat 5 The Old Warehouse, Henry Street, Huddersfield, HD1 4AA. Please remember to also include your name, age and contact details or we won't be able to include your submission! The deadline is April 14th. We may subsequently post your poems (with your permission) on the Luddites 200 website.

For more information on the festival, visit:

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