Poetry Competition tribute for William McGonagall

Tuesday 31 July 2012

William McGonagall, photo from Scotia Heritage

The StAnza 2011 slam was made memorable by MC Bob Holman, a huge William McGonagall fan, reciting McGonagall’s most famous poem in sections to punctuate the proceedings, and inviting the audience to join in for the final verse.  Was this perhaps the world’s first mass McGonagall reading?

This year is the 110th anniversary of the death of Dundee's famous bard, often acclaimed as the world’s worst poet, and a poetry tribute competition, Memories of McGonagall, is being held to mark it. For those who fancy composing their own McGonagall-esque verses, there is now only one month until the closing date on 1st September.

The competition is open to unpublished poets of all ages and free to enter. The challenge is to write a poem in the style of the bard on any subject. The final judging session  will be filmed by Dundee internet news channel at Dundee Literary Festival, 28th October. Apart from fame and fortune, the prizes include a biography by journalist Norman Watson and a 1/4 stone of sausages. The entries will be judged by popular opinion with the judges, who include Sheena Wellington, declaring the overall winner.

At a second event, Dundee Leisure and Communities will be hosting a November reading and have agreed to accept the winning entry into the city's historic McGonagall Collection. In all, this is a fun, free and wonderful opportunity for an unpublished poet.
Further details can be found on Scotia Heritage on Facebook or at the Scotia Heritage website.