It’s that time of year when, in normal circumstances, some 200,000 people would don their wellies and flower crowns, and head off to camp in a field for four days. Yes, it’s Glastonbury weekend!
Although this year’s festival was cancelled, the BBC has stepped into the breach with a whole programme of highlights from past iterations of Glastonbury, televised and online. The Poetry Society is also seeking to fill that Glasto gap and has come up with a writing resource to help us capture that festival vibe from afar.
The new ‘Imagine Glastonbury’ prompt covers all the bases: you can write a poem in a major or minor key; simulate the festival experience by going unplugged; put together your own line up of poetry headliners and emerging artists; or explore some of the alternative treats the festival has to offer, from magicians to puppets to the circus.
And, of course, you can delve into our favourite Glastonbury tent, the Poetry and Words Tent. If you do write a festival-themed poem, why not submit it to one of The Poetry Society’s competitions? For those aged 11-17, the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award is open until midnight on 31 July 2020 (enter at foyleyoungpoets.org). And for those aged 18 and over, the National Poetry Competition is open until midnight on 31 October 2020 (enter at npc.poetrysociety.org.uk ).
26 June 2020