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UK poet laureate to judge Guernsey poetry competition

Simon Armitage will be on the island for the Festival in 2020. Credit: Victoria Jones/PA Wire/PA Images

The UK's poet laureate will judge entries to the Guernsey International Poetry Competition in 2020.

Simon Armitage will visit the island for the Festival to give a performance of his own work and present the winners with their awards.

Armitage, who was announced as the 21st Poet Laureate in May 2019, was an Oxford Professor of Poetry from 2015 to 2019 and has published 28 collections of his work.

The competition attracts entries from all over the world and the winner will take home a prize of £1,000.

Poems from each class will also be displayed on the sides of buses, with winners being invited to be part of displays at Guernsey Airport and around the island.

The Festival will run from 29 April to 3 May 2020.