Due to the Coronavirus crisis, many people in the UK are staying at home unable to go out for social gatherings.

The greatest writer, William Shakespeare, was faced with a similar situation, with outbreaks of the plague throughout his career, and in particular in 1605-06, when he wrote his King Lear.

A new Over 70s creative competition has been launched – the King Lear Prizes 0 to encourage ordinary people, who have never been published and are not professional writers, musicians or artists, to create new works of literature, poetry, music and art during the time they are quarantined.

King Lear went increasingly mad during Shakespeare’s play. Perhaps entering the King Lear Prize competition will stop you doing the same in quarantine!

Rebecca Seymour, Celebrating Age Wiltshire Project Development organiser, said: “The short-listed and winning submissions will be on the website and in an email newsletter.

“We hope to present online performances by eminent actors and musicians.”

Link to a new Over 70s creative competition: www.kinglearprizes.org.uk

There are various categories, including short stories, poems, painting and drawing, and musical compositions.

“If you decide to enter – good luck and let me know if you win anything!” Rebecca added.

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