Worcestershire Poet Laureate 2020-2021

Traditionally the Poet Laureate competition opens the launch of the Worcestershire LitFest & Fringe and then 5 days later the New Poet Laureate is presented with the actual engraved award at the SpeakEasy Festival Special.

WLF are pleased to announce, earlier this month we managed a socially distanced hand over of the Worcestershire Poet Laureate trophy to Leena Batchelor.

Leena Batchelor WPL 2020-21

Suz Winspear presenting the WPL Trophy to Leena Batchelor.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Charley Barnes for her wonderful year as Worcestershire Poet Laureate. Charley worked extremely hard raising the profile of Poetry across the county.

Look out for more Poetry News from Leena Batchelor as we approach National Poetry Day.

WLF 2020 Slam Champions

And that’s a wrap! Thanks to everyone who made the WLF Mini Online Festival a success.

The Double Whammy Slammy was amazing! We are grateful to everyone who took part, to the audience for coming to enjoy the Finale Show and to our Guest Judges, Angi Holden and Polly Stretton (Flash Fiction), Poetry Judges Suz Winspear and Nina Lewis (two former Poets Laureate).

The standard was incredibly high. Amazing writing and incredible performances.

We are pleased to announce the 2020 Slam Champions:

Flash Fiction – Roz Levens

Poetry – Wesley Rolston

Congratulations to you both!