The Poem for Europe competition is a national competition to find the most thoughtful and inspiring poem about Europe. It has two age groups, Young Person’s category: 16-25 years old (judged by Vanessa Kisuule), and Open Category: 26+ years old (judged by Gillian Clarke). There are two 1st prizes of £500 in both the Young Person’s category and the Open category. Highly Commended (The top 20 poems in each category, including the prize winners, will be published online and in print).
Entrants were invited to share their emotions about Europe and its future. The judges pledged to be politically neutral in the judging – it is the quality of the poem that counts.
The winner of the Open Category is Poetry Society Member Pippa Little for her poem ‘Eurascope’. The Runners-up are also Poetry Society Members: Cato Pedder for ‘Postcards from Europe’ and Barry Tempest for ‘In Transit’.
There were honorable mentions for Poetry Society Members Ama Bolton, Mark Fiddes and Adam Horovitz.
Former Foyle Young Poet Lucy Thynne won the Young Person’s section with her poem ‘Ode to Interrailing through Europe’. Poetry Society Member Amy Wolstenholme, also a former Foyle Young Poet, was runner-up for ‘Words’. Amy received an honorable mention, too, for her poem ‘hiraeth’.
A Poem for Europe has been created by Christopher Bond. He’s a founder of two Competitions – The Shepton Snowdrop Poetry Competition and The Festival Run at Glastonbury. He edits The International Banker Magazine and The Somerset Gardens Trust Magazine. He has published two short books of poetry (Some Reasons to be Cheerful and More Reasons to be Cheerful.
2 December 2019