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Woodbridge Festival is calling all budding writers to submit their short poems inspired by the 75th anniversary of Windrush. 

The open call encourages participants of all ages to write a short poem, of 60 words or less, about a journey into the unknown - whether physical or emotional. 

The theme is inspired by the Windrush celebrations - marking 75 years since the HMT Empire Windrush docked in Tilbury.

Entrants are invited to draw upon their own experiences and be as creative with the theme as they like. 

Selected submissions will be displayed at the Woodbridge Festival in Elmhurst Park on 2 September and some may be performed on the day, while others may be projected onto Woodbridge’s iconic Tide Mill on a separate date.

Entrants should email their entries to by the deadline of Friday 11 August. 

The open call follows a string of successful Windrush anniversary celebrations in Woodbridge. These include the Regatta Carnival By the River, flag raising, the Caribbean Street Feast By The River and projections onto the Tide Mill.

A Windrush Art Trail is currently running until 31 August as part of a summer-long programme of Windrush Day 75 Grant Scheme events - which celebrates the contribution Caribbean people have made to the UK since the arrival of the HMT Windrush in the UK on 22 June, 1948.

It features a rare exhibition of Howard Grey's lost Windrush Photographs and John Ferguson's contemporary Black Suffolk photo portraits. The pictures can be viewed for free across nine venues around Woodbridge town centre.

Woodbridge Festival of Art and Music 2023: Current and upcoming events at a glance

  • Woodbridge Festival of Art and Music returns to Elmhurst Park on 1 and 2 September, for a newly extended two-day event, with Jazzie B of Soul II Soul and A Man Called Adam the first acts announced as headliners.
  • Free Audio Visual and Art workshops throughout summer
  • Aswad play a sold out event in the Woodbridge Community Hall
  • Celebration of sound system culture in London - using unique, state of the art 3D sound system in Hackney.
  • Windrush Art Trail Exhibition feature the ‘lost’ 1962 photographs of Howard Grey and contemporary ‘Black Suffolk’ portraits by John Ferguson