We are asking YOU to write a poem based on the ‘rule’ explained that month. Print it out or write it out very neatly, add your name and a contact number and/or email on the back and post it through the door of Sleepy Elephant, 41 Main Street, Sedbergh or email your entry to booktown@sedbergh.org.uk by the end of the month.

Your work will be displayed on the notice board outside Sedbergh Information Centre and also several online places (Sedbergh Community Forum, Booktown website, Lookaround website), so your work will be available for everyone to read. No names or contact details will appear.

We will chose a subject each month which applies loosely to Sedbergh life and hope at the end of the year to have a collection of poems that can be published.

Previous months’ entries

Poetry Challenge No 1 – Haikus about Spring

Poetry Challenge No 2 – Tricubes about Learning

Poetry Challenge No 3 – Blank Verse about ‘Sedbergh folk then and now’

Poetry Challenge No 4 – A Summer Ballad

Poetry Challenge No 5 – a sonnet on the subject ‘Coming through’

Writing Challenge No 6 –  ‘My Life 2020’

Writing Challenge No 7 – ‘Life in and around Sedbergh’

WRITING CHALLENGE no. 8 – February 2021

Sedbergh Literary Trust is challenging YOU to write a piece about your experience and life in and around Sedbergh.

When we started we did not know anything about Lockdowns and face masks but now all the events of the last months have certainly given everyone new experiences
to write about. We are now promised that ‘the end is in sight’! ……………but on New Year’s Eve we were back in Lockdown.

There will be several on-line places (Sedbergh Community Forum, Sedbergh website, Lookaround website) where the writing will be displayed (no contact details will appear),
so your work will be available to everyone to read.

Contributions over 2020 and now in this last Lockdown (we hope) are ALL being included in a book which will be published by about April, so this is your very last chance to participate.

The New Year Challenge is to write a Poem which is an Acrostic. This means you choose a word – here are 3 suggestions:
V A C C I N A T I O N
R E S C U E
C E L E B R A T E
Each line starts with the letters of the word in order so if you read down the first column Your Word is clear.

If this idea does not appeal then please write something either poem or prose which describes this last year in some way, but please try to make it something which has some connection to our community of Sedbergh and district.

EMAIL your entry to booktown@sedbergh.org.uk by the end of February 2021

Or Print it out or write it out very neatly, add your name and a contact number and/or email on the back and post it through the door of Sleepy Elephant, 41 Main Street, Sedbergh.