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‘Bards in da Bruck’

Alec Henry, a member of the Anderson High School Pupil Council, with the poster he designed for the competition.

A NEW round of Shetland Library’s popular Bards in da Bog poetry competition is to have an anti-litter theme is open to entries from secondary school pupils.

Since it was launched in 2009 there have been six rounds of the competition, run in partnership with Shetland Amenity Trust, including special rounds in 2010 to celebrate the hamefarin’ and in 2014 for the year of dialect.

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This year’s “Bards in da Bruck” competition will link an anti-litter project the amenity trust is undertaking with the Anderson High School and Brae High School.

Amenity trust environmental officer Sita Goudie: “Bards is a great way to expand the anti-litter project to all secondary-aged pupils and hopefully inspire them to think about where litter comes from and what we can do to tackle it.

“While the project we are undertaking with the Anderson and Brae high schools is focusing on roadside litter, litter can come from many sources. The poetry competition can focus on any type of litter or just have a general anti-litter theme.

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“With Da Voar Redd Up approaching, there is plenty of bruck around to inspire the pupils.”

There will be two prize categories for the poetry competition: S1-S3 and S4-S6. Poems should be no more than 14 lines and lines shouldn’t be too long

Library manager Karen Fraser said: “Our Bards competitions have always been popular and we hope this litter theme will prove inspirational. Eight winners will be selected to be displayed in toilets throughout Shetland.

“While poems can be no longer than 14 lines, we encourage pupils to use any poetry style and dialect if they wish. The library will be judging the competition and we really want to see a good range of poetry from both age categories. If pupils are looking for ideas they can view previous winning poems on our website: www.shetland-library.gov.uk/Bards.asp.”

The competition is open until 24 April to allow time for entries to be completed over the holidays or in school time. Pupils entering should write their name, school and class on the back of their poem and hand it in at their school library.

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