Vanessa Lampert wins Cafe Writers Open Poetry Competition

Vanessa Lampert

Poetry Society Member Vanessa Lampert has won the 2019 Cafe Writers Open Poetry Competition, judged by Zaffar Kunial, for her poem ‘Canada’. Vanessa wins £1000. She was previously Highly Commended in the Bridport and Troubadour prizes and came second in the Yeovil prize. She works as an acupuncturist in Wallingford, Oxfordshire. Her poem opens…

Nights when the moon’s too heavy
I think about my ovaries – those two
low buildings stuccoed, painted pink,
those warehouses that came with me,
once teemed with tiny half-people, all cute-as,
every one clamouring to call me Mum.

Second and third prizes went to Poetry Society Members too. In Second, for ‘Banded Krait’, was Anthony Lawrence. In third, for ‘The Sleeper, 2020’, was Karen Hodgson Pryce. 2nd prize is £300 and 3rd is £200.  

The Norfolk Prize for best poem from a permanent Norfolk resident goes to Poetry Society Member Jenny Danes for ‘Portrait of S.A.D. with Carnations and Vibrator’. Jenny wins £50.

Poetry Society Members feature strongly in the Longlisted section: Jeremy Dixon, John Freeman, Jane Lovell, Gregory Leadbetter, Sarah Doyle, Barbara Marsh, and Elisabeth Sennit Clough.

Café Writers organise monthly readings of poetry and prose of extremely high quality in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. There are also open mic slots every month. Meetings are held at Louis Marchesi, 17 Tombland, Norwich in the upstairs function room. Meetings start at 7.30pm and the entrance fee is £3.

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28 January 2020