All the Bleak Chippies by R T A Parker is the winner of this year’s Ledbury Poetry Competition, judged by Nia Davies: “The winners and runners up were the poems that, as well as taking a sideways glance at a subject, also stretched and invigorated language and the form of the poem itself. And they gave me vivid feelings in the belly, the kind of feelings, even, that make me want to write poems myself!” The poem is dedicated to Tom Raworth, a leading figure in the British poetry revival of the 1960s.
Many congratulations to Poetry Society Members Pam Thompson (second prize of £500), Robbie Burton (third prize of £250), Annie Fan (winner of the Young People Prize), and Georgie Woodhead (second in the Young People Prize).
All the winning poets will be invited to read at the 2019 Ledbury Poetry Festival.
24 May 2019