Cheryl Pearson has won the Bedford International Poetry Competition for her poem ‘Trial’, judged by Lesley Saunders, and is also shortlisted for two more poems! If that isn’t achievement enough, Cheryl was also recently third in The Interpreter’s House Prize, shortlisted for the Keats-Shelley poetry prize, and Commended in the Hippocrates Open Prize. Busy, busy!
Catherine Rose was second, for ‘Sugar Thief’, and Poetry Society Member Kay Cotton was placed third for the wonderfully named ‘Rabbit and Tortoise find each other on a Window Sill’. Kay also had a second poem shortlisted.
Poetry Society Members on the shortlist include Ali Pardoe, Mary Gilonne – runner-up recently in the Prole Laureate Poetry Competition, Sue Norton – who received a Museum of Military Medicine Commendation in ‘Writing Armistice’ – this year’s Army’s Poetry Competition, Sue Davies – Commended in the Cafe Writers Open Poetry Competition, and Paul Canon Harris.
The Bedford Writing Competition was formed in 2013 by a group of friends wanting to promote quality writing and further enhance Bedford as a rich cultural centre.
Congratulations to everyone and may your success continue!
12 April 2018