Sunday, January 26, 2014

Your poem set to music by Mogwai?

From The Westmorland Gazette:
BUDDING poets in Cumbria have been asked to pen an ode to lift the lost village of Mardale Green from the bed of Haweswater and win the chance of a lifetime to have their work set to music by rock royalty Mogwai. The competition has been launched by CultureNL, a charity that runs North Lanarkshire Libraries, which has invited libraries in Cumbria and Gwnedd in Wales to take part in the event that centres on the theme of drowned villages - something common to all three areas.

Open until February 24, all entrants must be aged 14 or over and library members in one of the three regions. Entries can be emailed or handed in to libraries.

The best poem will be put to music by cult Scottish band Mogwai, which provided the much-acclaimed soundtrack for the recent Channel 4 drama The Returned - a ghost story based around a reservoir which had been created by drowning the local valley village.

The judging panel is Scotland’s national poet, Liz Lochhead and Nicky Wire, bassist in Manic Street Preachers. There is also to be a third regional judge representing Cumbria.

Mogwai's Stuart Braithwaite said: “The drowned village poetry competition really appealed to us on many levels. I think that inspiring people to write poetry is wonderful and the opportunity to accompany it with my music was too good to pass by. I also feel that supporting libraries is absolutely essential. They are vital for our communities and have to be cherished and protected.”
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