Poetry Takeover Challenge | South Australia’s History Festival | 1-31 May 2021

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Poetry Takeover Challenge

Throughout May 2021, the History Trust of South Australia is inviting budding poets in years 4 to 9 to participate in the History Trust’s Poetry Takeover Challenge.

Focusing on the theme of transformation, the challenge encourages young people to visit a museum or gallery anywhere in SA during the month of May, choose an interesting object and create a poem that relates to the theme. The challenge gives young people a voice in museum spaces by encouraging them to interpret collections in new and creative ways.

In 2021 the History Trust welcomes Manal Younus, a poet, storyteller and performance artist as the Poetry Takeover Challenge Ambassador. Manal will be hosting workshops for student poets and teachers to help inspire their poetic explorations and get the creativity flowing.

The History Trust will publish Poetry Takeover Challenge poems in an online gallery and share them across the History Trust’s social media. Every young poet who submits an original poem will be in the running to win one of two prizes in each year group category (4-6 & 7-9): one chosen by a panel of peers plus a People’s Choice Award.

How to Enter:

  1. Choose an object or artwork that you love. It could be a work that makes you feel something or maybe you’re excited by the colour, texture, form, or content of the work. Pick anything that draws you to it. Use the resources page to get started.
  2. Develop a poem inspired by the object and relating to the theme ‘transformation’. Think about the different kinds of poetry: it could be a haiku, a limerick, free verse (no rules!), spoken word/slam, a sonnet, anything. 
  3. Submit your poem and object image from 1-31 May 2021 on the submissions page which will go live on Saturday 1 May 2021.

Entries close on Monday 31 May 2021 at 5pm.


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For more information and all enquiries please visit the SA History Festival website.

What:   Poetry Takeover Challenge

When:    Entries open Saturday 1 May 2021 | Entries close Monday 31 May 2021 at 5pm 

Where:   South Australia wide 

Who:   School years 4 to 9 

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