BBC Proms Poetry Competition 2019 winners announced

The winners of the BBC Proms Poetry Competition 2019, for poems written in response to a piece of music in the 2019 Proms season, have been announced. This year’s competition was judged by poet and presenter of The Verb on BBC Radio 3 Ian McMillan, acclaimed poet Malika Booker and the Director of The Poetry Society Judith Palmer. The winners were announced at an event which was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 12 September 2019. All six winners and runners-up had the chance to hear their poems read by the great actress and poetry lover Adjoa Andoh. You can listen to the programme on BBC Sounds.

Congratulations to Olga Dermott-Bond, the winner of the 19+ category with her poem ‘Poyekhali! (Let’s Go!)’, inspired by Public Service Broadcasting’s ‘Gagarin’. Olga was a runner-up in last year’s competition with her poem ‘Bwbachod’s lament’. We also congratulate runners-up Rachel Burns for her poem ‘St Petersburg’ and Natalie Linh Bolderston for her poem ‘The River’.

Congratulations too to Young Poets Networker Katie Kirkpatrick, who won the 12-18 age category with her poem ‘one man band (gagarin plays the saxaphone)’, also inspired by Public Service Broadcasting’s ‘Gagarin’; and runners-up Joyce Chen for her poem ‘Muse’ and Renée Orleans-Lindsay for her poem ‘Bohemia’.

All of the winning poems are available to read online.

The BBC Proms Poetry Competition is supported each year by The Poetry Society.

13 September 2019