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History Festival Poetry Takeover Challenge open for entries

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Media Release – April 2021

Throughout May 2021, the History Trust of South Australia is inviting budding poets in years 4 to 9 to participate in the History Festival Poetry Takeover Challenge. Focusing on the theme of transformation, the challenge encourages young people to visit a museum or gallery anywhere in SA during the month of May, choose an interesting object and create a poem that relates to the theme.

Taking place throughout May as part of South Australia’s History Festival, the Poetry Takeover Challenge gives young people a voice in museum spaces by encouraging them to interpret collections in new and creative ways.

In 2021 the History Trust welcomes Manal Younus, a poet, storyteller and performance artist as the Poetry Takeover Challenge Ambassador.

“History is what brought us here. History is what we are creating every day. But how often do we really engage with history? With where we are. The beautiful and the horrible elements of our past. The objects that symbolise a different age, a different page, the many stages of who we’ve been?” said Manal.

“It’s our time to talk back to history. To respond in our own words to the walls of the museums. To be inspired and inspire how the future views the past through the eyes of our present” she continued.

Manal will be hosting workshops for student poets and teachers to help inspire their poetic explorations and get the creativity flowing.

The History Trust will publish Poetry Takeover Challenge poems in an online gallery and share across the History Trust’s social media. Every young poet who submits an original poem will be in the running to win one of two prizes in each age category (4-6 & 7-9): one chosen by a panel of peers plus a People’s Choice Award. Entries close on Monday 31 May at 5pm.

Entry is FREE, to access forms, resources, links to online collections, information about the 2021 Ambassador and further details visit:

History Festival Poetry Takeover Challenge

When: Entries open Saturday 1 May and close Monday 31 May, 2021

For: SA students in years 4 – 9



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