Competition Results 2015





We are pleased to announce the results of our Open Poetry Competition 2015, judged by Mario Petrucci. The competition attracted an impressive 1300 entries, and the prizes have been awarded as follows:

FIRST:            “First to Blink”  by Jennie Osborne

SECOND:       “Fishing the Khabur River, Syria”  by Roger Elkin

THIRD:           “A Calculus”  by Jed Myers

FOURTH:       “Entering the room”  by Shirley Percy

”                        “Somewhere There”  by Julian Flanagan

”                        “Playing Chicken”  by Kathy Miles

”                        “Peace Crane”  by  Denni Turp

The prizes will be presented on the evening of TUESDAY APRIL 28th during a meeting hosted by the Kent & Sussex Poetry Society and dedicated to the competition. During the evening Mario Petrucci will talk about judging the competition and the winning poems will be read out. Mario will also give a reading of his own work. The meeting starts at 8pm and is open to anyone who would like to attend.

Venue: The Camden Centre, Market Square, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 2SW

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Kate Bingham at the Camden Centre

Kate Bingham


On Tuesday 17th March we welcome Kate Bingham to read at the Camden Centre. Kate is a novelist and filmmaker as well as a poet. She has been twice shortlisted for Forward prizes and was the recipient of an Eric Gregory Award. The reading will be preceded by readers from the floor. Going by the excellent response at the February meeting, it’s worth arriving early to book a spot.


Please note a change of date for the April meeting. Mario Petrucci will now be announcing the winners of our 2015 competition and then reading from his own poems on Tuesday 28th April. This is a week later than first advertised.


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Liane Strauss ~ Feb 17 2015

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A wonderful evening of poetry was enjoyed when Liane came to read for us at the Camden Centre from her accessible and innovative writing.  There was a good turnout, and many had come prepared for “poems from the floor,” providing a wide range with food for thought, feeling and humour.  It was great to see some new faces in the audience, and we hope they will return next month.

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Liane Strauss – our February Guest at the Camden Centre


Liane Strauss was born in Queens, New York, and grew up in Bergen County, New Jersey. She is the author of Leaving Eden(Salt Publishing, 2010) and Frankie, Alfredo, (Donut Press, 2009). Her poems have appeared in a variety of journals in the US and the UK, including Poetry, The Hudson Review, The Georgia Review, Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner and Magma. She is the Head of Poetry in Creative Writing at Birkbeck College, University of London, and lives in London with her two sons.

Liane received second prize in the Cardiff International Poetry Competition for her poem ‘It’,  in July 2014. Come along and take advantage of the opportunity to listen to Liane on Tuesday, 17th. February at the Camden Centre in Tunbridge Wells.

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Early Warning for April 2015

Our April meeting at the Camden Centre has been moved to 28th.  April.  This is the meeting when Mario Petrucci will be presenting the winners of our annual open competition.  We hope this will not be inconvenient for anyone.

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Our first meeting at the Camden Centre this year will be a triple bill – 3 of our own members will be sharing the reading time.  This has become an annual event and is enjoyed by participants and audience alike.

This year’s trio:     Steve Walter, Marion Hobday and Giles de la Bedoyere.

Have a look at our programme for 2015, and do come along to join us! £3 admission only, with a free drink of wine or juice thrown in.

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Congratulations to Mara Bergman!


Mara Bergman, a long-time member of the Kent & Sussex Poetry Society, is the winner of the Mslexia 2014 Women’s Pamphlet Competition with “The Tailor’s Three Sons and Other New York Poems”, which will be published by Seren in 2015.  Look at the bright skies – she’s still up there floating!

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