Chance for young bards

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School pupils from Lancashire are being offered a chance to see their poetry included in a national anthology as part of the new Laureate Education Project, Mother Tongue Other Tongue 2013.

Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy will launch the project at a special event held at Manchester 
Metropolitan University on January 30.

The project will take the form of a series of regional competitions, which will be split into two parts. “Mother Tongue” will see children who do not have English as a first language write about what a lullaby, poem or song in their native language means to them, while as part of “Other Tongue” 
pupils will be asked to create an 
original poem in a second language that they are learning at school.

The competition is open to school pupils aged eight to 18, with a major national celebration in November. Schools interested in taking part should contact Claudia Conerney on