Call for poets to enter Lakes competition

I have been lying in the bath dreaming up a poem to enter this wonderful competition. So far, I have:

If you ever go for tea 

at Bank Ground Farm, you’re sure to see

the field where the Swallows waited

for the telegram that stated

they could go to sea.


has become well renowned

as a response to Health and Safety

when adult natives get too hasty

or turn adventure down.

Did Arthur Ransome ever think

that a feature film might link

Lucy Batty to a famous movie star

like sweet Virginia McKenna

while at her kitchen sink?

‘I put a paddlock on the gate,

obliging them to wait

until they paid a decent fee

to use my property

and jolly well reinstate

my lino.’

But if you stay at Bank Ground Farm’s

house, the stable block or barns

TARS will most certainly

be welcomed personally

with ever open arms.

I think I need to try I little harder. Here are the competition details:

A new competition for poets is being launched at a Lake District farm with a strong literary heritage.

The owners of Bank Ground Farm, on the eastern shore of Coniston, are asking poets to write about their visit – or about Swallows and Amazons, the children’s classic story which is set in the area.

S&A tearoom

The entries will be judged by American poet and author David Whyte who is visiting this summer to run a residential school. Whyte, the Anglo-Irish poet now living in the USA, is the author of eight books of poetry and four books of prose. With a degree in Marine Zoology, he has traveled widely, including living and working as a naturalist guide in the Galapagos Islands and leading anthropological and natural history expeditions in the Andes, Amazon and Himalaya.

Swallows and Amazons, loved by generations of children – and adults – opens at a farm called Holly…

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Author: Sophie Neville

Writer and charity fundraiser

4 thoughts on “Call for poets to enter Lakes competition”

  1. A promising start, Sophie. Better than anything I could come up with.
    Just as I’d expect from Titty………………Colin

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