Croydon Poetry Competition

Posted on: 22/10/2020

This Black History Month Croydon Libraries are celebrating the diversity of Croydon’s rich culture and heritage and we really want to hear young people’s experiences and stories as well. This is why we have launched our first online Instapoetry competition exclusively for young people. We want young people to write poetry inspired by a book, author or artist who they feel speaks to their cultural experience and identity.

Poetry is a brilliant way to express your inner truth and we feel it can be a way that young people can try to process all the struggles and changes that we are facing each day. They could write a poem from the viewpoint of a fictional character they identify with, or a poem about an author who inspires them. We have teamed up with Shaniqua Benjamin, Croydon’s first appointed Poet Laureate to produce some short videos to provide tips and inspiration to help young people come up with their own ideas.

These can be found on our Youtube channel:

The competition runs from 1- 31 October . Winners will receive a gift voucher and their poem will be shared on our Instagram and website, as well as being illustrated by one of our talented staff.

Entries can be submitted to

Written by Mr. E Clarke

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