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Andrew Motion judges competition for Vintage Inns | 27-Nov-11

Country pub restaurant collection, Vintage Inns, is running a national competition backed by former Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion.

Contributors have until Monday 5th December 2011 to co-author the last two lines of an eight-line poem inspired by Motion's work on Vintage Inns' latest national press campaign, honouring rural pubs and the countryside.

Sir Andrew Motion has been judging the best line submitted each week, which are compiled to gradually complete the verse. The first six lines have already been chosen from entries nationwide:

The muted brilliance of autumn leaves
The wind's deep voice soft-tickling the trees.
The parting notes of swallows' cresting calls
As dappled sunlight fades and evening falls.
The bonfires' tongues call to the dying sun
Bright harvest moon ascends, her reign begun

The poem should be in rhyming couplets, so lines seven and eight should rhyme with each other.

The competition is being hosted via a 'Poetry Competition' tab on the Vintage Inns Facebook page:

Alternatively, entries can be emailed to
with full name, address and contact telephone number.

The two winners will receive a framed copy of the eventual eight-line poem, plus a meal for four with wine at their local Vintage Inn. There are also 10 signed copies per week to be given away (to the winning co-author plus nine runners up) of Motion's latest collection of poems, 'The Cinder Path', shortlisted for The Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry.

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