Six finalists have been chosen for the Yarrow, Ettrick and Selkirk (YES) Festival’s Poetry Challenge – and Wee Paper’s readers will decide who wins.
A total of £1,200 in prize money is up for grabs, with each poet given the task of writing a piece in response to the old phrase ‘the flowers of the forest’.
So cast your eye across the entries, pick your favourite and submit your vote into the County Hotel by 5pm on Tuesday. Voting is open to all residents in Selkirk and the Yarrow and Ettrick valleys.
The prizewinners will then be announced at a reception in Bowhill House, hosted by the Duke of Buccleuch at 6.30pm on Thursday (September 12) – entry is £5, including a glass of wine. An anthology of the best entries, under the title A Set of Ribbons, will also be launched at Bowhill.
The estate’s theatre will then host Scotland’s Makar Liz Lochhead at 8pm on the same night – tickets are £10. Visit www.yesartsfestival.co.uk for more information.