Congratulations to the winners of the Against The Grain poem competition, judged by Sarah James/Leavesley. All three winners are Poetry Society Members!
First prize went to Kathryn Bevis for ‘starlings’. “This memorable poem reverberated in my mind and emotions more and more after and between each re-reading.” Kathryn is Hampshire Poet Laureate, 2020. She is founder and director of The Writing School, Winchester, and hosts a Poetry for Wellbeing project for service users of the mental health charity Mind, funded by Arts Council England. Recent awards include first prize in the Poets and Players competition, third prize in the Welshpool Poetry Festival competition, and runner up in the Out-Spoken Prize for Poetry. Kathryn’s poems were recently shortlisted for the Nine Arches Press Primers V scheme.
Second prize went to Jane Pearn for ‘At a stroke’. “A moving, beautifully judged poem.” ‘At a stroke’ was longlisted in the 2018 National Poetry Competition and Jane was one of the winners of the Guernsey International Poems on the Move competition in 2019. She has two published collections – Matters Arising and Further to.
Third prize went to Jane Lovell for ‘Pebble’. “Every time I re-read this evocative poem, I was struck by a sense of wonder that remained with me.” Jane won the Flambard Prize in 2015 and has been shortlisted for several awards including the Basil Bunting Prize, the Robert Graves Prize and Periplum Book Award. Her pamphlets have been published by Seren, Against the Grain Press, Night River Wood and Coast to Coast to Coast. She also writes for Elementum Journal and Dark Mountain. Jane is writer-in-residence at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve and runs the Mid Kent Stanza group for The Poetry Society.
Against The Grain is a poetry press specialising in poetry as beautiful works of art. Launched August 2017 by poets Abegail Morley, Karen Dennison and Jessica Mookherjee.
10 March 2020