Sarah Doyle wins WoLF Poetry Competition

Sarah Doyle
Sarah Doyle

Poetry Society Member Sarah Doyle is the winner of the WoLF poetry competition for her poem ‘On holding an ammonite’. The competition is run by Write Out Loud on behalf of Wolverhampton literature festival, which will take place over the weekend of 1-3 February. Fellow Society Members Jean Atkin and Michael Brown were second and joint-third respectively, with Liz Lefroy and Scarlett Ward taking the other third place prizes.

The competition’s judge, Roy McFarlane, said:

“the winning poems were probably the hardest to choose, ten possible winners jostled for position over a long weekend, poems that had to be read over and over again but the winning poems were the ones that I loved for their craft, imagination, lyrical flow on the page and poetic truth. I chose ‘On holding an ammonite’ as overall winner because I couldn’t walk away from this conversation between the personal and the found script of Charles Darwin, beautifully formed.”

The competition attracted over 600 entries from around the UK and further afield. Many of the shortlisted poets and winners will be reading their entries at the award ceremony on Sunday 3rd February at 2.30pm in Wolverhampton art gallery.

Congratulations, too, to the shortlisted poets whose work is included in the anthology: Cherry Doyle, Christopher James, Christopher M James, Dominic Power, Fiona L Bennett, Gaynor Beesley, Glen Wilson, Graham Burchell, Hamish Wilson, Karen Izod, Kaylan Downes, Ken Evans, Kt Whitten, Laura Taylor, Lizzie Smith, M Lee Alexander, Maria Isakova Bennett, Mark Fiddes, Mike Alma, Patricia Leighton, Paul Francis, Peter Branson, RM Francis, Ron Harper, Ros Woolner, Sandra Burnett, Sarah James, Sarah Russell, Sharon Black, Sharon Phillips, Susan Székely, Suzanne Iuppa, Tammy Armstrong, Terry Quinn, and Tim Taylor.

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24 January 2019