‘Come friendly bombs and fall on Slough…’
With the opening lines of John Betjeman’s 1937 poem still casting a shadow over the literary representation of Slough, HOME Slough called out to the public to take control of their town’s future and write their own poem for Slough.
The winner is Poetry Society Member Elizabeth Uter’s poem ‘Slough Homecoming’. On 21 March at Empoword’s special spoken word event to celebrate World Poetry Day, judge Antosh Wojcik announced the winner and runners up for the competition, which saw over 140 entries from all ages.
Elizabeth: “I’m still pretty staggered by it all and very excited!”
The competition was open to all age groups divided and into three categories, under 12 years old; 13-18 years old; and over 18’s. The winning entry was awarded to Elizabeth, with runners up Amrah Janoofar, Salma Ali and Amaan Javed.
All these fantastic poems will be preserved in print in a commemorative ‘Bring Your Own Future’ book, to come out this summer.
Photo shows Elizabeth (left) receiving her prize.
6 April 2018