April’s sonnet competition has attracted a good response and the last date for entries is Sunday, June 21st 24.00 hours BST, (GMT+ 1 hour). The winner will be announced in our magazine and in our social media pages, week commencing July 6th. The judges are Lottie Clarke and the Directors of Blackheath Dawn Ltd. No correspondence will be entered into and the judge’s decision is final. There is no cash alternative for the prize.
The incentive for entering this month’s competition is, once more, the chance to win a personal marketing package. The prize comprises a press release written and delivered to the winner’s local media, plus publication in Blackheath Dawn Magazine, website(s) and publication in Lottie Clarke’s 2016 publication of coastal photographic studies and allied poetry.
Each month’s winner will receive a signed copy of Lottie Clarke’s 2016 book.
This month’s poetry competition is based on the photographic studies below. You can use one, several or all four images to inspire you. The poetry may be directly linked to the image(s) or may be the result of inspiration gained by seeing the photographs. It is even possible someone might be able to tie all four photographs into a story in Dramatic Poetry, for this competition.
This month you have until Sunday, July 26th 24.00 hours BST to produce Dramatic Poetry* of between 14 and 64 lines based upon this issue’s photographic collection by Lottie Clarke.
Dramatic poetry is any poetry that uses the discourse of the characters involved to tell a story or portray a situation.
Fairly modern – certainly in in this editor’s memory are the famous monologues of Stanley Holloway. A film star of some repute, but a deliverer of monologues of monumental stature; Stanley Holloway, worked in collaboration with Marriott Edgar, an actor and poet who supplied the many scripts for Stanley Holloway’s classic monologues, including The Lion and Albert (1932) and The Return of Albert (1934). In the Lion and Albert, the young lad is swallowed whole and eventually disgorged, by a lion called “Wallace”. The incident takes place in the Blackpool Tower Menagerie and was based upon a popular story of the time. Give yourself a treat and try to get hold of these monologues; they are exceptionally entertaining and provide a slice of contemporary life in the 1930s.
As always when quoting from Wikipedia (the writer’s friend and worth supporting), we like to leave in the references for further information and sourcing.
Verse drama is any drama written as verse to be spoken; another possible general term is poetic drama. For a very long period, verse drama was the dominant form of drama in Europe (and was also important in non-European cultures).