The top three prizes in the Open Category in this year’s Guernsey International Poetry Competition have all gone to Poetry Society Members.
First prize goes to ‘Passing It On’ by Sharon Black, second prize to Chris Hardy for ‘Jacob’, and third prize to Holly Hopkins for ‘When I Found Some Women With Bellies’.
Judge Maura Dooley said
That simple fact made it so difficult to boil down the number of very good poems to a shortlist and then further to find a ‘top’ three and commended. Some of the poems which I know I will long remember haven’t made it to the final list because the form was stronger than the content perhaps, or the content stronger than the form. I have chosen poems where there is a well-oiled machine of voice, mood and form, where the poem wants to tell me, the reader, more each time I go back to it.
In the Young People’s Category, E Wen Wong came first and second!
A further thirteen poems were chosen to appear on Guernsey buses, including Poetry Society Members Alison Binney (two poems), Carole Bromley, Christina Buckton, Ian Enters, Jane Pearn, Simon Richey, David Smith, Peter Wallis, Richard Westcott, and Susan Wicks.
All the winning entries will be displayed on Guernsey buses and a smaller selection will take part in a second, larger display at Guernsey Airport, then all over the islands.
12 April 2019