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Saltaire Festival Poetry Competition Winners After almost a year in the planning, the 16th annual Saltaire Festival is just around the corner and the volunteer team behind the event is ready to greet thousands of visitors to the World Heritage Site. For ten days in September, the village of Saltaire will be alive with a feast of music, theatre, comedy, heritage, art, sculpture, food and drink, and so much more. As well as the usual family favourites and Festival staples such as the Sculpture Trail and Pop-Ups, Comedy Night and Roberts Park weekend, there are some new activities and events for all.

Ambra Kumbalatara Arachchige was the Under 18 and overall winner. Second place for under 18s went to Ira Dalby and a joint poem by Nathan More, Bailey Waugh and Samuel Stefinuti took third place. In the adult category, Mark Taylor Batty won first prize and Liz Chillington came second. The Festival runs from the 7th to the 16th September and the full Festival programme is now available online. Tickets are on sale online and at Saltaire Wines.

Saltaire Festival Poetry Winners

One of these new activities is the Saltaire Festival poetry competition which has been a huge success. The competition, with the theme of ‘The World in Saltaire’, attracted entries from across the country and from poets ofaall ages. After almost year in the planning, the 16th annual Saltaire Festival is just around the corner

and the volunteer the event is ready to greet thousands of visitors to the World Ros Garside,team Eventsbehind Coordinator for the Heritage Site. chaired the judging panel and Festival, commented:

For ten days in September, the village of to the judges, Sue Vickerman, Nick Allen and “We thrilled with the variety and level Davina Silver, for giving up their time and for Saltaire willwere be alive with a feast of music, of entries that we received, and we’re so theatre, comedy, heritage, art, sculpture, food sharing their expertise.” grateful to the judges, Sue Vickerman, Nick and drink, and so much more. Allen and Davina Silver, for giving up their “The winning poems will be published on the andusual for sharing expertise.” As welltime as the familytheir favourites and Festival website and on the BBC Big Screen in Festival“The staples suchpoems as thewill Sculpture Trail and City Park, Bradford. The winning poets have winning be published on the Comedy Festival website the BBC Big Pop-Ups, Night and on Roberts Park been invited to read at the Festival poetry event Screen in City Park, Bradford. The winning weekend, there are some new activities and on 11 September at the Dandelion Café, where have been invited to read at the events poets for all. Sharena Satti’s poetry will also be featured.” Festival poetry event on 11th September at

One ofthe these new activities is theSharena Saltaire Satti’s Dandelion Café, where Festivalpoetry poetry competition, which has been a will also be featured.” huge success. The competition, with the theme of The World In Saltaire, attracted entries from across the country and from poets of all ages. Ros Garside, Events Coordinator for the Festival, chaired the judging panel and commented: “We were thrilled with the variety and level of entries that we received, and we’re so grateful

Ambra Kumbalatara Arachchige was the Under 18 and overall winner. Second place for under 18s went to Ira Dalby and a joint poem by Nathan More, Bailey Waugh and Samuel Stefinuti took third place. In the adult category, Mark Taylor Batty won first prize and Liz Chillington came second. The Festival runs from 7 to 16 September and the full Festival programme is now available online. Tickets are on sale online and at Saltaire Wines.

The Saltaire Review | Issue 30 | Aug/Sep 2018  
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