Word's out as poet joins cancer fight

EDINBURGH’S poet laureate has launched a competition to raise awareness of a debilitating cancer.

Stewart Conn, the Edinburgh "makar" or poet laureate, has joined the International Myeloma Foundation UK to promote its first poetry competition.

Myeloma is a debilitating and terminal cancer of the bone marrow. Cases of myeloma are rapidly rising, with a 30 per cent increase in the past 30 years. Funds raised from the competition will go to a project called Bank on a Cure, the first comprehensive DNA bank for myeloma patients.

The competition runs until April 15, with a prize-giving at the Scottish Poetry Library in June. Entry forms are available from www.myeloma.org.uk.

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