Pen Your Own Merton Poem

Be inspired in your local library

All young aspiring poets are being invited to write a poem about their favourite place in Merton to celebrate World Poetry Day on March 21.

Merton libraries are asking children to write a poem on the theme 'My favourite place in Merton', to be judged in two age categories (5-7 and 8-11 years) and under the following criteria: Creativity, connection with the theme, use of language and flow of the poem.

Poems can be submitted at any Merton Library and the following details will need to be clearly displayed on the poem:  Child’s name, age, guardian name and contact telephone number or email address. The competition deadline is Tuesday March 5.

To gather inspiration and ideas for their poems, children can visit their local library and take advantage of the resources on offer such as the range of books and computer resources. 

Winning poems will be shown on as well as put on display at the Civic Centre in Morden. There will also be prizes of toy store vouchers for the most outstanding poems.

Established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), World Poetry Day aims to celebrate the expression of language and development of creativity through poetry by encouraging organisations and individuals to get involved in a variety of events and activities. For more information about your local library visit

February 20, 2013