Applications sought for the Doric Verse Contest


Entries are being sought for the ever-popular Doric Verse Competitions held as part of this year’s Keith Traditional Music and Song Association festival.

Blacksmiths of all ages have until May 15 to submit their finished efforts which can be on any topic.

Joyce Dawson with the Aultgowrie Trophy

Organizer Joyce Dawson said, “We look forward to receiving all of your entries and hope everyone has as much fun writing them as we did reading them.

There are three prizes to be won.

The Ian Middleton Trophy is reserved for children under 12.

Ian was a mainstay of the Keith Festival who enthusiastically encouraged writing in the Scots language, particularly among young people.

The competition that bears his name has existed for 20 years.

The Charles Murray Trophy is unique in that it is intended for poets of two different generations, for example parents or grandparents and children.

It is named after the North East figure hailed as the most important Scottish poet of his generation, whose local popularity was such that the press and newspaper once printed an additional 80,000 copies of a newspaper featuring his work .

Created in 2014 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Charles’s birth in Alford, the winner receives a specially commissioned silver tray bearing his likeness.

The third and final competition is the Aultgowrie which is for adults.

Joyce decided to introduce it in 2019 after receiving a very nice poem about their childhood from someone who misunderstood the existing rules.

Last year it attracted more than 80 applications from across the Northeast.

Poems must be written exclusively for competitions. Two entries allowed per person.

Email them to [email protected]

You can also send them to Joyce at 124 Moss Street, Keith.


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