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Poetry aims to set bog standard

Toilets
New poems will be selected every three months

A competition has been launched to find poetry which will feature in the toilets of Shetland.

Six poems will be selected every three months to go on display in all leisure centre toilets and at other locations.

The Bards in the Bog competition is open to all ages, and poems may be on any subject.

The only rule is that they must be 12 lines or less in length as the posters need to have large print which can easily be read from a seated position.

Local poet and project judge Jen Hadfield said: "I've always loved the idea of sneaking poetry into unexpected places."

Karen Fraser from Shetland Library said: "It should brighten up folk's day, and maybe they'll be inspired to pop into the library and borrow more poetry."

The first set of poems will be selected and installed in March. Poems will also be published on the library website.

The closing date for the first Bards in the Bog entries is 7 March. There will be further opportunities to submit poems in June and September.

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