KENT AND SUSSEX POETRY COMPETITION 2014
First Prize Andrew Soye Kigali
Second Grevel Lindop Cigar
Third Jo Bell Shibboleth
Fourth = Lindsay Fursland Pinochet’s Orphan
Caroline Carver blue whale
Daisy Behagg Night and the Song of the Light
on the River
and Claudine Toutoungi Piano Lessons for Adults
The poems will be posted on the website after the presentation of the prizes in April, and available in the society’s Poetry Folio at a cost of £3 in July.
We are delighted to welcome back a favourite, Moniza Alvi, to Tunbridge Wells, at the Camden Centre, on Tuesday 18th. March at 8 o’clock.
Moniza Alvi was born in Lahore, Pakistan, and came to England when she was a few months old. She grew up in Hertfordshire and studied at the universities of York and London.The Country at My Shoulder (1993), which was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Whitbread Poetry Award, was still a new collection when we first welcomed her, and it has been a pleasure to watch her continued success. A Bowl of Warm Air (1996), was one of the Independent on Sunday’s Books of the Year; Carrying My Wife (2000), a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, and Moniza’s latest collection, At the Time of Partition (2013), is both a Poetry Book Society Choice and shortlisted for the 2013 TS Eliot Prize. So we have a treat in store. We hope to see you there.
The competition has now closed. A big ‘thank you’ to all who entered. The results will be announced in April, and the winning poems posted on the website and published in our annual Folio. Watch this space!
We were delighted to welcome Jon Stone to Tunbridge Wells Camden Centre this month. Born in Derby, Jon studied in Norwich and now lives in Whitechapel. He gave us a lively reading, with wit and humour, as well as intensely personal and vivid, sensuous writing. His poetry covers a wide range of wonderfully inventive imagery – “a ganglion of utterance” – and he concerns himself with the structure and architecture of poetry, as well as showing breadth of imagination. Jon also explored the in-between elements of mud, dust, steam and ash, and read to us some very blue poetry, inspired by digging into the medieval Welsh tradition.
Jon’s collection “School of Forgery” in which 10 different personae come together in a wide variety of voices, including a night watchman and a female honorologist, is published by Salt.
What a pity there was such a small audience for such an excellent young poet.
On Tuesday 18th February we host a reading from the prolific and highly acclaimed Jon Stone. Jon has been twice commended in the National Poetry Competition. He had three pamphlets published in the same year (2010) before Salt brought out his well deserved first full collection School of Forgery in 2011. For a preview of Jon Stone check out Poets for Pussy Riot on Youtube.
The reading will be preceded by our short AGM which begins 8pm at the Camden Centre in Tunbridge Wells.
Jemma Borg – one of our January trio of readers and a previous winner of our Open Competition
2014 got off to a splendid start with a trio of poets reading at the Camden Centre, giving us a very varied menu of poetry. Jemma was the winner of our 2012 Open Competition, and is working on her first collection. Garry Ely has been a member for a long time, even though he now lives in Oxford, and members will have read many of his poems in our folios, in which he appears regularly. His moving collection “Angel Visits” has been published by Pindrop Press. Margaret Beston has developed a thriving poetry community in Tonbridge, and her collection “Long Reach River” is produced by Indigo Dreams. Lots of striking images impressed in these readings – the beautiful pathetic fallacy of snow “suffocating the windows”, the “knuckles of flint” and a river “churning stars in its belly” …
Will you be this year’s competition winner? Entries must be received by Jan 31st., so you will need to be sending them off very soon. Good luck.
Mary Gurr is now the possessor of the Keith Francis Bowl!