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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Hannah Frank poetry competition

Emotional occasion on Friday 18th December, 2009, launching the Hannah Frank Poetry Competition: open for poetry from schoolchildren and adults across Glasgow, Scotland, the UK, and internationally, inspired by Hannah Frank's drawings.

The launch took place at Pollokshields Primary School - on the site of Auntie Hannah's secondary school Albert Road Academy. Six Asian children from Pollokshields and five Jewish children from Calderwood Lodge Jewish Primary School read out poems that they'd written over the past two weeks, inspired by different Hannah Frank drawings. David Kinloch read the poem that he'd written as the St Mungo's Mirrorball lifetime achievement award to Hannah Frank last year (he's judging the competition) and Barbara Spevack, Hannah Frank's great niece, read some extracts from Hannah's diaries, written about her art lessons which took place in the very room where the launch took place. The whole event was MC-d by William Bonar, St Mungo's Mirrorball poet who's organising the whole competition for me and Hannah Frank's family. Below are closeups of some of the Pollokshields' children's poetry. Closing date for the competition is 31st March 2010 - full details on the Hannah Frank website We have lots of help - the fantastic Poetry Kit website is publicising the competition and doing all they can for us. Please pass this on to all your teacher friends, schoolchildren friends, and adult poet friends!

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