Mary-Jane Holmes is the winner of this year’s Bridport Prize for poetry, with her winning poem ‘Siren Call’, judged by Lemn Sissay. Mary-Jane was also winner of the Bedford International Poetry Competition earlier this year.
Good news too for Society Member Graham Burchell, who was third (Graham was the winner of The Poetry Society’s Stanza Poetry Competition in 2015), and for fellow Members Claudia Daventry, Julia Bell, and Victoria Richards, all Highly Commended. There are many, many Poetry Society Members on the shortlists too – too many to list here, but click on the link to see the names in full.
1st Siren Call – Mary-Jane Holmes, Middleton-in-Teesdale
2nd River Climber – Simon Murphy, Bristol
3rd Resurrection – Graham Burchell, Rattery, Devon
Highly Commended (alphabetical by title)
Advice for Daughters – Claudia Daventry, St. Andrews, Fife
Ectopic pregnancy – Maresa Sheehan, Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow, Ire.
Ghazal of Mourning – Susan Zatland, Gerrards Cross, Bucks
I am pig – Charlie Mountford, Stratford, Ontario, Canada
Niece comes out of the attic – Michelle Lovric, London
Nightwalking – Julia Bell, London
Painting a sun-room an off-white – David Forest Hitchcock, Fayetteville, NY, USA
Rough – Claire Williamson, Bristol
Stone – Isabelle McNeill, Cambridge
Unthinkably I leave you – Victoria Richards, London
7 November 2017