Poetry Society Member Kerry Darbishire (who, incidentally, is the great great niece of the composer Frederick Delius down her mother’s side!) has come third in this year’s Grey Hen Press Poetry Competition for ‘My Mother’s House’. The competition was won by Kate Blackadder, with Merryn Williams second. The 2018 judges were Pauline Kirk and Carole Bromley.
Kerry’s poems have previously been shortlisted in Mslexia 2013, The Geoff Stevens Memorial Prize 2013, Mungrisdale, and The Charles Causley 2013. Her collection A Lift of Wings has just been published by Indigo Dreams.
There was good news for fellow Members Helen May Williams, Wendy Holborow, Gill Learner, and Cathy Whittaker, all Commended.
Grey Hen Press was first set up by Joy Howard in 2007. Grey Hen is a small independent press which publishes poetry by older women, concentrating in the first instance on producing themed anthologies. These showcase the particularity of women’s voices, and give less well-known poets the opportunity of having their work published alongside that of established writers.
26 July 2018