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MoonInk Tanka High School Anthology Competition

MoonInk are launching a Tanka poetry competition for High Schools in London and the South East. If your school is interested in entering contact Lee and Tana Jackson at info@moonink.co.uk for a free copy of the Tanka Poetry Workshop Pack which provides everything required to run a workshop.

Schools will be able to use the workshop material to facilitate group activities where students will write their own Tanka poems. Ten poems from each school can be entered into the MoonInk Tanka High School Anthology competition. The deadline for submissions is the 30 June 2020.

One poem will be chosen from each school taking part to be published in the MoonInk Tanka High School Anthology to be published in November 2020. The authors of the published poems will each receive a copy of the anthology as a prize and the poems will be published on YouTube.

MoonInk will be contacting High Schools in London and the South East throughout January and February to invite them to take part.

Tanka is a Japanese style of poetry dating back to the 5th Century and the poems are written about nature, the seasons, love, sadness and other strong emotions, using strong imagery with a focus on the 5 senses.

Mindfulness can be described as a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations.

Reading and writing poetry can help people become more mindful and can relieve stress, trauma, feeling down, and other well-being challenges.

The MoonInk mission is to bring poetry to life by taking the verse out of the book and into the world to gain a wider audience for the poetry in our lives and we are sharing social responsibility by developing the mindfulness and well-being of the people living in our communities.

For more information about Tanka Poetry visit www.moonink.co.uk or the MoonInk Blog Poetry Pages


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Winner of the Tanka Poetry Competition at Colonnade House 13 - 25 August 2019

Participants were asked to complete the last line. We had some great entries with many thanks to all who took part.

people sunbathe
and wade in the sea
ordinary days
coming and going gently
tides ebb and flow like our lives

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