The Biographers’ Club Tony Lothian Prize 2019
Deadline: Thursday, August 30
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Actress Joanna Scanlan encourages people to get creative to improve their mental wellbeing
Launching The Advocacy Project’s Healing Words poetry competition, Joanna speaks out about how writing helped her deal with depression and acute anxiety.
TV’s dark comedy queen Joanna Scanlan (The Thick of It; No Offence) is no stranger to mental health problems. At a time when one in four of us will suffer with mental health issues,
she is using her experience, of improving her own mental wellbeing through writing,
to encourage others to get creative by taking part in The Advocacy Project’s Healing Words poetry competition this summer.
Launched at the beginning of July, it invites asks anyone who has experienced mental health problems, and their friends and families, to enter a poem into one of five categories,
The competition closes on 8th September, 5pm.
The Advocacy Project’s Chief Executive Judith Davey says,
“There’s now increasing evidence to show how creativity is beneficial to our physical and mental wellbeing.
It can help us feel more able to cope with stress, build a sense of confidence and self-identity, and find meaning in the world around us.
Our poetry competition will chart the journey to recovery from the darkest days of mental illness to the point of recovery – and all stages in between. Significantly, it will celebrate the value of creative activities in the recovery process as a way of engaging the imagination, reminding people of their capabilities and value, and building a sense of identity and social worth.”
About the Healing Words poetry competition
An annual competition, reaching out to people who have mental health problems (or have recovered from mental health problems),
their friends, family and carers to raise awareness of these issues.
We’re inviting people of all ages to submit a poem (shorter than 25 lines) in one of the following five categories:
Good days & bad days
The competition culminates with an exhibition and awards ceremony in early October, on and around National Poetry Day (3 October). The exhibition, held in central London, will showcase the competition entries to the general public.
Twitter @TAPadvocacy #HealingWords2019
Or please contact Jo Kay on 07984 353 961; Jo.Kay@advocacyproject.org.uk
LET’S GET WRITING! – MTP Summer Short Story Competition
Open to ALL AUTHORS WORLDWIDE
Closing date: July 31
Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year Competition 2019
Poems on any subject; 60 lines maximum
Entry fee £5 per poem Send to email@example.com
or Festival Office, 8 Orange Street, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2JA
First Prize £200, Second, £100, Third £50.
Plus Best Read Poem and the People’s Choice chosen at the Awards Evening.
October 4, at the Colyer-Fergusson Hall, University of Kent at Canterbury.
Full details, entry form and Terms and Conditions
will be on the Canterbury Festival website