Public welcome to watch spoken word and song entrants presenting their work to celebrity judging panel
CHESTERVILLE — A fun and fast-paced opportunity for local aspiring authors, poets, songwriters and wordsmiths to see how they stack up, the Writing in 150 competition runs two and a half hours (150 minutes) this Saturday (March 16) at McCloskey’s.
All written pieces will be done on the spot and must be focused on a particular theme — revealed only at the beginning of the competition. The field includes three age categories (10-14, 15-20 and 21-plus) and six writing genres (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, short play, spoken word/slam poetry and song writing).
Winners will be presented in a locally published book, which will include a CD of the winning spoken word/slam poetry and songs genres.
The competition represents the latest creative endeavour at McCloskey’s in connection with the Chesterville establishment’s new partnership with local general arts group ‘A Bunch of People,’ headed by Amanda Burger, who also plans to open a café inside the historic 22 Victoria Street building.
Judges of Writing in 150 include — among others — Murray Barkley, a well-known local historian from Avonmore; Montreal playwright Alexandria Haber whose work has been professionally produced throughout Canada; accomplished children’s author Troy Kent; poet, author and McCloskey’s denizen Brian Talmey; and The Planet Smashers alum John Jordan.
Chesterville’s Suzanne Millaire, veteran actor of the Dundas County stage and reputed fourth cousin of Mark and Donnie Wahlberg, has been lately revealed as another member of the celebrity judging panel — as highlighted in an online video series promoting the event. See the full list of judges and register here.
It’s only $20 to take part in the contest, which begins at 11 a.m. Judging follows at 1:30 pm; spoken word and song entrants will perform their pieces in front of the panel, and this portion of the competition is open to the public.