In addition to our annual Open Poetry Competition, we also run an annual competition for our members. This year it was judged by well-known writer, poet and editor David Caddy, who this week announced the following winners:
1st place Wake by Amal Garnham
2nd place Snow Monkey Goes to Heaven by Jess Mookerjhee
3rd place Doppelganger by Clive Eastwood
Gap Year – Caroline Franklyn
Love in the Time of Corona – Marion Hobday
When She Smiled – Mara Bergman
Miss Evans Takes on the World – Jill Munro
Driving Past Things I Might have Missed – Sarah Salway
Congratulations to all. Their poems, alongside another 16 commended poems from Society members, will in due course be published in our printed Folio, along with the winning poems from this year’s open Competition.
On May 17th., David Caddy is our welcome guest on Zoom.
David is a poet, essayist, critic and literary sociologist from the Blackmore Vale in north Dorset. He was educated as a literary sociologist at the University of Essex. He founded and organised the East Street Poets, the UK’s largest rural poetry group from 1985 to 2001. He directed the legendary Wessex Poetry Festival from 1995 to 2001, and later the Tears in the Fence festival from 2003 to 2005. He has edited the independent and eclectic literary magazine, Tears in the Fence, since 1984. He co-wrote a literary companion to London in 2006, has written and edited drama scripts and podcasts, and regularly contributes essays, articles and reviews to books and journals. David also offers critical appraisals of writers’ work.
Recent books include The Bunny Poems (2011) & So Here We Are (poetic letters 2012), from Shearsman. Interiors and Other Poems is due next year.
David will announce the results of our members’ competition and read from his own work.