A competition to help find Barnsley's lockdown poets will close next month, with winning entries published in a book alongside work by famous local poets.

 

The Hear My Voices competition was launched by Barnsley Museums in May to help encourage local people to write poetry about their time in lockdown.

 

The aim of the competition is to create a record of life during the coronavirus pandemic.

 

The poetry entries will be compiled into an anthology alongside work from Ian McMillan, and Barnsley poet laureate, Eloise Unerman.

 

Eloise Unerman, said: “Barnsley Museums are keen to capture the emotional impact that the Covid-19 crisis is having on people across the whole borough.

 

Poetry is the perfect way to express thoughts and feelings that otherwise can be difficult to explain.

 

We hope that the competition format will encourage everyone to take part, even those who haven’t written or shared a poem before.”

 

The competition will close on October 31 at 12 noon.

 

To enter, email entries to hearmyvoice@barnsley.gov.uk.