Inspired by Fridays workshop with Brian Evans-Jones I edited my poem dedicated to a council car park in Winchester and submitted it to:
Writing Hampshire - Mapping the County through Poetry
I think it is such a beautiful idea, a map of poems about what Hampshire means to the people who live, work, study, play or visit here.
It's worth checking out the site to see which areas have already been bagged although I don't think it would matter if two people wrote about the same place. All the pins represent where poems are written and they seem to cling to the motorway. A tad strange perhaps but seeing that I neglected all of Hampshire's beauty spots for a parking space, I feel unable to comment.
Then while I was on the site I stumbled on a writing competition:
'Celebrating Charlotte - A Writing Competition
Charlotte Mary Yonge was the best selling Victorian novelist who also named Eastleigh in Hampshire. She will be celebrated through a series of paving artworks and we are looking for writers to be involved.
You are invited to write a short story inspired by Charlotte or one of her novels - maybe one turns up when clearing a relative's house or perhaps you could imagine Charlotte teaching, or writing one of her books.
You could win a £50 Waterstones giftcard and have your story reproduced for countless readers to enjoy.
Stories should be a maximum of 1000 words.
Two prize categories: under 16 and 16+
Open to all - you don't have to be a Hampshire resident to enter
Entries should be sent to the Literature Development Officer, Hampshire County Council, Castle Avenue, Winchester, SO23 8UL
or to email@example.com stating full name, address and date of birth.
Closing date: 12 December 2012'
Very interesting! I'm hoping that something will bubble subconsciously on this while I work.