I’m off to the Old Library in Cardiff soon for the prize-giving ceremony of the children’s Ashes Poetry Competition, for which I was recently one of the judges. The competition was run by Glamorgan Cricket in conjunction with Academi and as a lover of both poetry and cricket, I feel very lucky to have been involved.

As part of the event, I’ve also been commissioned to write a new performance poem about the First Ashes Test Match between England and Australia, which gets underway in Cardiff on July 8th, so I’ll be performing that at some stage today too. Dannie Abse, the head judge of the competition, will also be reading several of his cricket-themed poems.

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