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Writers Newsletter – DAST Poetry Competition 2021

Writers Newsletter - DAST Poetry Competition 2021

It’s time for the Derbyshire Asbestos Support Team (DAST) biennial poetry competition. This year, we’re giving you two themes to work with:


The DAST logo is a tree, representing lungs. Throughout our organisation’s history we have planted memorial trees for asbestos victims, and we are currently about to launch a fundraising drive to dedicate an acre of woodland. Trees are known to be good for us – as well as cleaning the air, a walk in the woods can do wonders for your sense of wellbeing. So, we are looking for positive poetry about trees. Do you have a favourite tree? Do you have any childhood memories connected to climbing or swinging from trees? Do you have one in your garden that you planted yourself – what does it mean to you?



We are keen to hear your life stories, or about experiences from your younger days. Tell us about your journey through life. How did you get to where you are today?


You can enter as many poems as you like, there are no rules on the format of the poem or on how many words you use – they just have to stick to one of the two subjects listed above. We ask that those entering read the rules first and then send their entry in with an official entry form. In order to obtain these you can email or telephone 01246 380415. There is an entry fee of £3 per poem – this money will help to fund our Action Mesothelioma Day activities, which raise awareness of this asbestos cancer.

The closing date is Wednesday 30 June 2021 and there will be a small prize for the winner of each category. The winning tree poem will also be used to launch our woodland dedication.

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