Search for royal rhymers to take part in Bicester event

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PATRIOTIC poets are invited to take part in an open mic night at Cole’s Books in Bicester next Friday as part of a competition for the Queen’s jubilee celebrations.

Cole’s Books and Bicester MP Tony Baldry are backing a competition to find a new locally-written poem for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Two prizes of £500 are up for grabs.

Poets of all abilities are welcome to take part in the open mic event, and can enter the jubilee poetry competition on the night.

Organisers say the poem can take any form, from limerick to ode, or haiku to sonnet.

The open mic night starts at 7pm, and tickets are £5 from the shop in Crown Walk.

Each ticket sold will contribute £2.50 to the Bicester Big Lunch to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Wine, fruit juice and snacks are included in the ticket price, and will be served throughout the evening.

The closing date for poetry competition entries is Friday, May 11.

Entries can be submitted to Cole’s Books on Mr Baldry’s behalf.