Winning Words

December 21, 2010

Remember our Carry a Poem campaign way back in February 2010? We asked you to tell us which poems you kept close, and why? Well if you liked that, you might like Winning Words too…

Winning Words is an opportunity for the public to be part of the lasting legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Winning Words is asking people to nominate inspiring poetry which will encourage athletes taking part in the 2012 Games, as well as future generations of Londoners. Until Thursday 6 January 2011, people can nominate inspiring poetry representing the values of the Olympic Games: respect, fair play, excellence, friendship and of the Paralympic Games: courage, determination, inspiration and equality, via the Winning Words website:

The poetry, selected from the nominations, will be announced in February 2011. The lines will be installed on a prominent wall in the centre of the Athletes’ Village, which will be seen daily by the athletes, and officials living and working in the Village. After the 2012 Games, the Village will be converted into new homes for east London and the wall will be part of the lasting legacy for local communities and residents. All nominations will be evaluated by a panel that includes Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, author Sebastian Faulks, poet Daljit Nagra, BBC Sportspresenters John Inverdale and Clare Balding and Head of Arts and Cultural Strategy at the Olympic Delivery Authority, Sarah Weir.The panel will have the final decision on which poetry is chosen for the Athletes’ Village wall. Poetry will also be installed in other locations within the Olympic Park, with further details announced in 2011.

Inspiring poetry nominations can be submitted until midnight on Thursday 6 January 2011. To nominate poetry and for further information please go to:

What will you choose?


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