Lesley Ingram wins The Poetry Society’s 2020 Stanza Competition

We are delighted to announce that Lesley Ingram from Herefordshire Stanza is the winner of our 2020 Stanza Competition for her poem ‘Confession’, chosen by Heidi Williamson.

Heidi: “The quiet title ‘Confession’ draws us in to intimately witness a domestic scene with repercussions across the years… The poem interrogates what is felt and meant between people – often despite words. It says something out loud that has resonated with the writer for a long time, and now resonates strongly in me as the reader. It stayed with me.”

Lesley: “I am writing a series of poems under the working title of ‘Tai Chi for Estranged Sisters’, and am trying to answer questions such as: What could cause such estrangement? What would one sister never tell another, and why? Is silence ever protective? And then I remembered this event, which I’d never told anyone about.”

Our two Joint Runners-up are Hilary Jupp from North Cornwall for ‘The Danger is’ and Nicky Kippax from York for ‘Home birthing to Snoop Dogg’.

Heidi has also chosen ten Commended poems from Elizabeth Barton (Mole Valley), Philip Burton (Ribble Valley), Mary-Jane Holmes (Durham Tees Valley), Derek Hughes (South Leicestershire), Jacquie Shanahan (Chiltern Poets) – for TWO poems, Sue Spiers (North Hampshire), Michael Swan (Oxford 1), Jane Thomas (Oxford 2), and Jules Whiting (Reading).

The theme of this year’s competition was ‘Hear’. 389 poems were sent in from 234 poets and 85 out of the 109 Stanzas. The annual competition is open exclusively to Poetry Society Members who are also members of a Stanza.

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National Poetry Day, 1 October 2020