Pens and cameras to the ready in the name of Love and Justice

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Enter our poetry and photography competition on the themes of Love and Justice.

Oxford Brookes is inviting people across Oxfordshire to get out their cameras, pick up a pen or log on to their computers and enter a poetry and photography competition on the themes of Love and Justice.

The competition is part of a month-long celebration of human rights, relationships and diversity which Brookes is hosting in February and March 2009, and provides an exciting opportunity for everyone to get creative in exploring these powerful themes.

People can enter poems and/or photographs on either or both of the Love and Justice themes. Entries will be displayed at the university as a visual backdrop to the month and will be featured at a celebratory event on Friday 13 March when the winners will receive their prizes.

The competition is open to all and cash prizes are offered for the top three entries in each category as well as runner up prizes of Blackwell's book tokens. There are also special school prizes for Oxfordshire pupils at both primary and secondary level.

The closing date for entries is 30 January 2009.

The photography competition will be judged by Dr Wolfgang Zumdick, philosopher, writer on contemporary arts and international visiting fellow at Oxford Brookes and the poetry competition by Fiona Sampson, Newdigate prize-winning poet and author and editor of Poetry Review. Her most recent work is the poetry collection, Common Prayer (Carcanet, 2007) and she contributes to The Guardian, The Irish Times and other publications.

Michelle Montgomery, HR Team and Business Partnership Manager at Oxford Brookes, has organised the event. She said:

'The competition provides a fantastic opportunity for people to stop and think about the important themes of love and justice and have a go at expressing them through words or pictures: I am looking forward to seeing how people choose to portray them and to seeing how the themes will be brought to life in this way.'

The university is running a series of events as part of Love and Justice Month including a volunteers fair, meet the author events, a student debate, public lectures, and a Nicaraguan evening in collaboration with the Oxford International Women's Festival which will include talks, music and food. There will also be special workshops and seminars for the local business community.

Oxford Brookes annual Human Rights Film Festival will run concurrently with Love and Justice Month and will add further opportunities to explore related themes.