Last month Marlborough LitFest launched its Love Books Competition in association with Bath Spa University. The competition, which aims to celebrate a love of reading amongst teenagers and adults, is perhaps even more important in these uncertain times. The original deadline of April 24 has now been extended to July 17.
Participants are invited to celebrate their love of reading by explaining their choice of favourite book, poem or play. The response can be written (up to 750 words) or a video (no more than four minutes), with the emphasis on what entrants love about their chosen read and why they think others should try it.
The competition is open to three age groups: 13-16, 17-19 and 20+ and the judges will be looking for creative, passionate and engaging responses to celebrate the entrants’ love of reading.
The winner in each age group will be given £300, runners-up will each receive £100. The ‘Love Books’ judges are: Judy Carver, daughter of William Golding, Professor Neil Sammells, deputy Vice-Chancellor of Bath Spa University and Jan Williamson, ex-Chair of Marlborough LitFest. The deadline for entries has now been extended from April 24 to July 17.
For more information on the competition go to www.lovebookscompetition.org
Genevieve Clarke, Chair of LitFest, said, “We’re keen to find ways that our friends and supporters in Marlborough and far beyond can use reading to bridge the social distancing we must abide by.
We had already launched our Love Books Competition for adults and young people with English Literature at Bath Spa University. Our annual children’s competition has been sent to local primary schools.
And we’ve got other plans up our sleeves for the months ahead. So please sign up for our newsletter (or keep an eye on our website/social media) to get the latest news. In the meantime, take care and enjoy that pile of books you’ve always been meaning to read!
In these very uncertain and challenging times for us all, we’re pleased to announce that we are still aiming to hold the Marlborough Literature Festival from 24 – 27 September 2020. Of course this may not be a safe option in the end and we are likely to publish our programme later than usual so that we can keep the situation under review.”
Marlborough.news is pleased to sponsor, as part of LitFest, the Big School Read which includes an author visit to schools.