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Issue:- 12 June 2014

The Great British Write Off - Poets Vs Writers!

THE Great British Write Off is an exciting competition for poets and writers, where one lucky winner will win every penny in the prize fund, which increases every time a new entry is received!

Whether you are new to writing or have a huge portfolio of work, The Great British Write Off is a fun, free opportunity to share your work, get published and even win a prize. Simply pick one original piece you've written, a poem, mini saga or a 250 word story or novel extract and enter online, by email or post by Friday, 27 June 2014.

Morgan Walton, Director said:- "We came up with The Great British Write Off one winter's morning, during the TV season of Great British... sewing, gardening, baking, making your own, but why hadn't today's poets and writers had their own celebration? We drew inspiration from staff suggestions on their literary idols and wondered how would these famous poets and writers compete in the 21st Century, where the Internet, celebrity, adverts and gimmicks seem to tell us actions speak louder than words, and so The Great British Head-to-Head Challenges were born! Today, we've released our first Poets vs Writers Challenge, #GBWO judges Mark Grist and Mixy compete in The Word Association Challenge..."

The Great British Write Off has 4 further Poets vs Writers videos to release over the next 2 weeks! Don't worry, you won't need a gimmick for your work, we know great writing doesn't need one; all it needs is an audience, and The Great British Write Off can certainly help with that.

For the current prize fund, to enter and much, much more visit:- today!

Don't let a late kick off get you a booking in A&E

DOCTORS and nurses are warning against the risks of excessive drinking during the World Cup which started on Thursday, 12 June 2014.

Dr Alan Owens, A&E consultant and alcohol lead at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, said:- "The more we drink the more likely we'll be involved in an assault, domestic violence, self harm or simply fall over and hurt ourselves. Any of these could mean a visit to A&E and late kick offs for England's games, with more time for drinking, could make things worse."

Mandy Smith, who leads the alcohol liaison team at Southport hospital, said we can all enjoy the World Cup safely and prevent unnecessary trips to A&E by thinking about what and how we drink. This includes:-

►   Avoiding drinking before leaving the house (preloading) as it may be cheaper to buy alcohol at the supermarket but preloading is associated with an increase in overall consumption

►   Staying out of rounds; people in rounds drink more and faster than if you are controlling your own intake

►   Alternating alcohol with a soft drink and tap water is free

Dr Owens added:- "Lastly, if a friend is intoxicated, make sure they get home safely and don't just leave them slumped at the side of the road. They are a risk to themselves and others. They are especially at increased risk of sexual assault."

Anyone concerned about their alcohol consumption who would like support should contact Sefton Treatment & Recovery Service (STARS) on:- 01704 534759 or DISCOVER for West Lancashire residents on:- 01772 825492

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