young bards

In 2011, Ruth Harvey Gasson became Bard of Northampton and set up the Young Bards Contest. Ruth, a locally celebrated poet and youth worker in her own right, established the Young Bards Contest in order to inspire and encourage the spoken word tradition for upcoming generations.

The rules for the contest are the same as for the adult contest, but are awarded in two age categories:

Junior Bard: 8-12 years old (inclusive);
Young Bard: 13-17 years old (inclusive).

The winners will receive a prize and be awarded the titles of Junior Bard of Northampton and Young Bard of Northampton (respectively), for the following year. They will be encouraged to perform at local schools throughout the year and we will encourage their own school to recognise their achievements.

To enter the contest, please contact us with your details.