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A Poem To Remember: Prince William Launches National Poetry Competition

The Duke of Cambridge has launched a new national poetry competition, called 'A Poem To Remember', to mark the creation of new £300 million...

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The Duke of Cambridge has launched a new national poetry competition, called 'A Poem To Remember', to mark the creation of new £300 million Defence National Rehabilitation Centre and 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Prince William is a Patron of the new Armed Forces rehabilitation centre and is greatly looking forward to reading the winning poem at an event this summer;

"The centenary year of the end of the First World War is a very appropriate year to be launching a national poetry prize,"

"Many of the memories of that conflict, and our understanding of it have been shaped by the remarkable works of poetry written by those caught up in that struggle.

"I, like countless other readers over the decades since the war, have always been moved by sentiments invoked by the brave, young soldiers."

The competition has been inspired by the great poets of the First World War and the competition wants to find the next generations of poems that reflect on humankind's ability to triumph over adversity.

 
 Defence National Rehabilitation Centre

The DNRC is an initiative set up by the late sixth Duke of Westminster, who saw building a facility as the most important task he had ever undertaken. He said he wanted a centre that made young men and women that have been in combat feel like someone cared about them.

His son in law Dan Snow is a broadcaster and historian, he said:

"Like so many people, my experience as a kid of the First World War is through the amazing poetry that was written,"

He also said he would love to see people from all walks of life get involved in the competition and what inspires them:

"The dream is we get firemen who were at Grenfell Tower, we get nurses, we get all sorts of different people - those who have had to be long-term carers, those who have had great adversity but who want to write a poem about it,"

A Poem To Remember is open to anyone over the age of 17, entries close on April 9, and from those received a long-list of 25 poems will be selected to go forward.

Five of these will be chosen by a panel of judges, chaired by Snow and which also includes SAS veteran and bestselling novelist Andy McNab, with the winner decided by a public vote.

The winner will also receive a £2,000 cash prize!

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