2013 is the centenary of a moment that changed history
listenupnorth.com is very pleased & privileged to announce a new NATIONAL writing competition, part of Emily Inspires! which aims to raise awareness about Suffragette Emily Wilding Davison, her passionate fight for the right for women to vote and her Northumberland roots.
A programme of events which will culminate in June 2013 with Centennial commemorations in Morpeth, Northumberland and will include the premiere of Kate Willoughby's play To Freedom's Cause before it goes on to tour Northumberland & beyond.
Emily was repeatedly arrested, imprisoned and force fed for her part in demonstrations and activities in support of the Women’s Social and Political Union. In June 1913, Emily Davison’s name became known around the world when she stepped onto the track at Epsom Derby and was struck by the thundering hooves of the King George V’s racehorse, Anmer, whilst trying to pin the suffragette colours of purple, green & white on the bridle.
Emily never recovered from her injuries and died four days later in hospital. On June 15th her body arrived by train at the railway station in Morpeth, Northumberland where huge crowds gathered to watch the funeral procession as it made its way through the town to St Mary’s Churchyard, where she was buried.Emily had set off from her mother's home in Longhorsely, Northumberland to travel to Epsom and was thought to have been driven to Morpeth Railway Station by her neighbour, Bob.
Your Writing for the competition:
Imagine that it is just after Emily's departure for Epsom - write your thoughts or feelings through the eyes of one of the following people:
Emily's mother, Margaret
Neighbour & driver, Bob
You can write:
prose, a blog or a letter (max 300 words) or a poem (max 50 lines)
Listen to an audio workshop:
listen to ‘A listenupnorth.com audio workshop for the Emily Davison writing competition’ on AudiobooPlus an extract from Kate Willoughby's play To Freedom's Cause:
To download the writing competiton guidelines leaflet click HERE (pdf file)
To download the full terms & conditions & how to submit your entry click HERE (pdf file)
Will be performed during the Centennial Commemorative Weekend in Morpeth (June 13th to 15th 2013) and recorded for listenupnorth.com & uploaded to the website for everyone to hear.
There will be 1st 2nd & 3rd winners nationally with 3 winners for the best entries from Northumberland residents. (Northumberland entrants will be entered into both categories).
Entrants should be at least 18 years old by the closing date (10th May 2013) and resident in the UK.
Prizes include a stay in beautiful Northumberland with 2 nights at the luxurious Longhirst Hall with a meal on the first evening, an i-pad, £100 cash donated by SCA, Prudhoe, a selection of Northumberland goodies from The Morpeth Chantry TIC, gift vouchers from Sanderson Arcade, Morpeth plus subscriptions to North East Life magazine and Myslexia magazineWhether you have never written creatively before or are an experienced writer - we look forward to receiving your entries!