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Poetry please

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My old friend Jonathan Glancey is one of the judges in an unusual and potentially hilarious open competition being run by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, marking its 125th anniversary. Contestants are invited to write a poem about a 'beloved building', with prizes including a £1,000 John Piper print. The example of poetry SPAB gives on its press release is ominous: 'If in your life you get your kicks/From wattle, daub and crumbly bricks/If ancient buildings inspire your muse/Then here is some info for you to peruse!'You can do better. More information from sophie_britten@yahoo. com

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