Mark Fiddes wins Oxford Brookes

Mark Fiddes
Mark Fiddes

The Oxford Brookes University Poetry Competition was judged this year by the internationally-acclaimed and award-winning author Jackie Kay. Two top prizes of £1,000 were on offer in a competition that seeks to celebrate the great diversity of poetry being written in English all over the world.

Poems were submitted in two categories: EAL category (open to all poets over 18 years of age who speak English as an Additional Language), and Open category (open to all poets over 18 years of age). We were delighted to receive a record number of entries this year by 650 poets from nearly 40 different countries.

Frozen in their Kodaks,
our old folks wear slippers
to protect the carpet from their feet…

First place went to ‘The Kodachrome Book of the Dead’ by Poetry Society Member Mark Fiddes, with Members Kostya Tsolákis and Romalyn Ante coming first and second respectively in the English as an Additional Language category.

Poetry Society Members on the shortlist included Alison Binney, Geraldine Clarkson, Jenny Mitchell, and Pnina Shinebourne.

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28 November 2019