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4th Jul, 2022

Podcast inspires Stratford listeners to get creative

A CREATIVE writing competition has been launched for Stratford residents.

Local podcast Stratford Calling has teamed up with local coffee roaster Monsson Estates to create a new competition for local people to share their creative writing talents with listeners.

The competition is part of Stratford Calling’s Creative Stratford month, which will celebrate the wealth of creative talent in the area, with interviews and videos with local makers, creators and artists, on the podcast and YouTube channel throughout May.

Stratford residents who enjoy writing poetry, flash fiction or short stories are being asked to enter their pieces, to be in with a chance of winning a first prize of £100 and a three-month subscription to Monsoon Estates Coffee Company.

Podcast host Emma Gurdag said: “Stratford is a creative hub, with so many artists, musicians, actors, writers and more, living and working here. I wanted to highlight this and celebrate the great creative community who call this town their home, and who have been so adversely affected during the pandemic. I hope this competition will encourage local writers, whether hobbyists, new writers or published authors, to take part, and show that Stratford, although it has a fantastic legacy in Shakespeare, has a living and vibrant writing community here and now.”

There is no theme, so writers can let their imaginations run wild The deadline for entries is 5pm Thursday May 13. Shortlisted entries will be read out on the podcast during the week of May 17 for listeners to vote for their favourite.

Monsoon Estates spokesman Chris Howard said: “As we live in Stratford the home of Shakespeare it seemed like a fabulous project to be involved in. We also thought it would be great to support an interesting, local, fun initiative.”

Email stratfordcalling@gmail.com for an entry form.

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