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Friday, 31 October 2014

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Poetry competition launched to mark Millom poet's centenary

A POETRY and photography competition has been launched to mark the centenary of the birth of Millom’s most famous son.

West Cumbria Tourism has launched the competition to mark the centenary of Norman Nicholson’s birth.

The competition is supported by the Pennington Hotel and Faber & Faber, with a winning prize of a meal for two at the Estuary Restaurant in Ravenglass and 3 runners-up prizes of copies of both ‘Collected Poems by Norman Nicholson’ and ‘Wednesday Early Closing’ his autobiography.

Born on January 8, 1914 at 14 St George's Terrace in Millom, West Cumbria, a traditional Victorian terraced house and shop where Nicholson would live for 71 of his 73 years. The only period spent away from Millom was from age 16 to 18 when he contracted tuberculosis and was sent to recuperate at a sanatorium in Hampshire.

The Western Lake District is looking for entries that fulfill the following criteria:

- Have you written a poem that has been inspired by the Western Lake District landscape?

- Do you have a photograph that captures the industrial heritage of the coastal towns on the Western Lake District coast?

- Or do you have any photographs that capture an element of any of Norman Nicholson’s poems?

Budding poets and photographers are encouraged to find out more by visit the Norman Nicholson page on the Western Lake District website http://www.western-lakedistrict.co.uk/norman-nicholson

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