Gareth Writer-Davies wins Prole Laureate competition

Gareth Writer-DaviesPoetry Society Member Gareth Writer-Davies (Brecon) has win this year’s Prole Laureate Poetry Competition with his poem ‘Mushrooms’. Many congratulations! Gareth wins £200 and publication in Prole magazine. Runners up were: Joanne Key, with ‘The Ice Giant’; and Neil Young, with ‘Steel Work’. Joanne and Neil both win £50 and publication in Prole. The judge this year was Macdara Woods.

last night, I heard the cows mooing
like a man trying to start a chainsaw

Opening lines of ‘Mushroom’


I would describe ‘Mushrooms’ as a spiritual piece; I have never taken magic mushrooms (and doubt I ever will, as it would spoil my intro to the poem!) but in Druidic religion and Celtic culture they were known and part of ritual. Gallt yr Ancr (Hill of the Anchorite) is a real place near Meifod. A hill I was walking up when the poem started to emerge to me. It was written when I attended a Masterclass course last Autumn at Ty Newydd, near Criccieth.

I am surprised, but very happy and will be spending some of the prize money on a painting by poet/artist Helen Ivory!  

Gareth has previously been Commended in the Prole Laureate Competition, the Welsh Poetry Competition and the Sherborne Open Poetry Competition. He’s also been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and the Erbacce Prize. His pamphlet Bodies, was published in 2015 through Indigo Dreams and his next pamphlet Cry Baby will be published in 2017 through the same publisher.

Read more, including the winning poems

20 April 2017