Open Competition Celebration and Janet Sutherland

Janet Sutherland


On March 19th. we will be celebrating the announcement of the 2019 Open Competition results!

The evening will begin with a reading of Ruth o’Callaghan’s  adjudication report and the prizewinning poems.  The presentation will be made by our 2017 winner, Janet Sutherland, who will be reading from her own work in the second half of the evening.  She has a new collection out this year, her fourth full collection published by Shearsman Books – Home Farm –  and has also been published in a wide range of magazines and appeared in several anthologies.  She is a co-founder of the Needlewriters cooperative which organises quarterly poetry events in Lewes.  She received a Hawthornden Fellowship in 2018.

Janet was raised on a dairy farm and is now settled in Lewes.  She is a full-time working poet, editor, freelance workshop provider and mentor.  She studied at Cardiff and Essex Universities and has an MA in American Poetry.  Janet makes use of a great variety of lyrical forms, with off-rhymes, sonnets, ballads and historical narratives.  We are in for a very special evening.

Our  venue is The Bedford Vaults, underneath the Bedford pub, which is located opposite Tunbridge Wells station, and we start at 8.00 pm.  See you there?

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