Hannah’s work inspires the poets of tomorrow

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The launch at Pollokshields Primary earlier this month also marked the first anniversary of Hannah’s death last year at the age of 100.

Hannah was the last living link with the art nouveau period, when what became known as the Glasgow style made its mark on the art world.

The competition was organised by Hannah’s niece, Fiona Frank, and William Bonar from the St Mungo’s Mirrorball Poets Network.

It is open to adults and children who must take their inspiration from any one of Hannah’s distinctive, other-wordly black and white drawings.

Mr Bonar has been working with children from Pollokshields Primary and Calderwood Lodge Jewish Primary in Newlands to create poetry inspired by Hannah’s drawings.

The competition was launched at Pollokshields Primary, the site of Hannah’s old school, Albert Road Academy, in the art room where the Jewish-Scottish artist started her career.

It is the latest honour for the late artist who has already been the subject of a documentary and was awarded the first posthumous honorary degree from Glasgow University.

Talks are also underway between Glasgow Museums and Galleries and Hannah’s family about acquiring some of the artist’s original work for the city.

Fiona Frank said: “I know Hannah would have approved of a poetry competition because she was inspired by poetry and literature herself throughout her 75 year artistic career.”

The winners and runners-up, in four under-18 age group categories and one adult category, will each receive a cash prize and a framed Hannah Frank print.

In the under-18 age groups, the winners’ schools will also receive a framed Hannah Frank print.

The first 100 Scottish schools who express an interest by e-mailing hannahfrankpoetry@googlemail.com with their contact details will receive a free teaching pack of Hannah Frank-related materials. Entry to the competition for under-eighteens is free.

Downloadable entry forms and full details of the poetry competition are available on the Hannah Frank website at www.hannahfrank.org.uk