Poetry Society Member Rosie Jackson has won the £2,500 first prize in the Stanley Spencer Poetry Competition run by the Cookham festival in collaboration with the University of Reading and Two Rivers Press. Poets were invited to find inspiration for their own art in the work of Sir Stanley Spencer (1891–1959), undoubtedly one of the most admired and influential English painters of the twentieth century. Cookham was a major influence on both his life and painting and his reference to the place as ‘a village in Heaven’ is reflected in his famous series of paintings of Biblical scenes featuring local people.
The shortlist includes Poetry Society Members Brian Docherty, Tony Lucas and Pnina Shinebourne.
A selection from the entries to the competition is published in Stanley Spencer Poems An Anthology.
2 June 2017