Organising committee of the Malliouhana Poetry competition.
ANGUILLA–This year the theme for the Malliouhana Poetry Competition is “Neighbours Beyond Storms.” According to the Organising Committee, the theme underscores the dissonance of connection and separation within national boundaries and across international borders as humanity grapples with the challenges and upheavals that characterise our modern world.
Poems may refer to any experiences arising from natural or man-made hazards, personal or social friction, their impact and opportunities for healing and recovery. The subject matter of the poems can range widely and may include topics such as the environment, disasters, migration, communication, social media, politics, local communities, cooperation, loss, aid/relief, connectivity and human rights.
The Competition is organised by the University of the West Indies Open Campus Anguilla in collaboration with Anguilla Library Service, the Department of Youth and Culture and Anguilla Community College. It is now part of the annual Anguilla Day celebration activities and aims to encourage literacy and artistic expression. It is open to all persons residing in Anguilla and features two categories: Poetry on the Page and Performance Poetry.
Junior poets (8-15 age range) and seniors (ages 16 and up) are invited to submit their unpublished works for one or both categories. Deadline for entries is April 9.