‘There is a lot of interest in our language’

Jim Saville and David Lindsay are setting up a poetry competition
Jim Saville and David Lindsay are setting up a poetry competition

Budding poets will have the chance to show off their literary skills in a competition set up by a Cleckheaton-based poetry group.

Talking Zebras poetry group will hold a children’s poetry-writing competition at schools in the area throughout the autumn term.

The event’s organiser aimed at getting kids aged five to 11 into writing poetry.

Jim Saville, who heads Talking Zebras and set up the competition, said: “With the success of our group, we realised that there is a lot of interest in our language. People are getting pleasure out of both reading and listening to the favourite examples of our members and we wish to encourage this in the younger generation to join in.”

The winners of the competition will have their piece published in the group’s monthly programme and be given the chance to perform their piece on stage at one of the club’s meetings at the Commercial Pub, Cleckheaton.

Jim added: “Our membership is more ‘mature’ than average and we only have one regular youngster among our number.

“In order to instill a similar enthusiasm in the younger generation we thought a writing competition would be a brilliant idea.”

The competition will take place at local primary schools during the autumn term, with a winner expected to be announced in late November.