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Panhellenic Poetry Competition to commemorate the Centenary of the end of WWl 

 

British Embassy Athens

2016

The Foundation was the basic sponsor of the poetry contest for adults and students resident in Greece that was organised in 2016 by the British Embassy in Athens. The theme was peace, reconciliation and sacrifice. The source of inspiration was the work of the British poets of the First World War, such as Wilfred Owen, Rudyard Kipling, Thomas Hardy and Rupert Brooke, who with their work during a dreadful period of history, highlighted the strength of human nature under difficult circumstances. Through the works of the poets of this generation, the fine line was illuminated that links romanticism with realism. Right up to the present day their work has been a point of departure for reflection on the disastrous consequences of war.

 

The competition was launched in November 2015, with submission of poems continuing until May 2016. Participants in the jury included academics, writers and poets from Greece and Britain.

 

For students the relevant categories were a) Original Poem in English and b) Original Poem in Greek. For adults they were a) Original Poem and b) Translation of a Poem of a British Poet of the First World War.

 

The awards ceremony was held on November 11, 2016, Armistice Day, commemorating the end of World War I.

 

  • 500 people aged between 12 and 78 from all over Greece participated in the poetry contest.
  • In the contest overall 6 students and 5 adults received awards.  

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