Lucy Watt wins Shepton Mallet Snowdrop competition

David Morley has chosen Lucy Watt as the winner of the Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival for her poem ‘City, sleet and snowdrops’.

Among the winners are Poetry Society Members Estelle Price (who received a Special Mention), Angela Topping, Mark Totterdell and Jo Young – all Highly Commended, and Deborah Harvey, Rosie Jackson, Emma Simon and Susan Szekely – all Commended.

Foyle Young Poet Jade Cuttle was also Commended and fellow Foyle Young Poet Lucy Thynne won the 12-17 year old section.

The Winners, Special Mention and a selection of Highly Commended poems read at the Poetry Reading and Prize-Giving at the Festival, hosted by Professor David Morley, at the Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul in Shepton Mallet Town Centre.

The Snowdrop Festival is a vibrant not-for-profit community project to plant Shepton Mallet with hundreds of thousands of snowdrop bulbs, and to restore the Allen family memorial in the town’s cemetery, in order to celebrate James Allen’s and the town’s place in gardening history.

Age 18 & Over
WINNER
Lucy Watt, ‘City, sleet and snowdrops’

Special Mention
​Estelle Price, ‘Elegy for a Podsnezhnik’

Highly Commended
Tammy Armstrong, ‘Double Snowdrops, Nova Scotia’
Bethany Rivers, ‘Herald of Spring’
Lizzie Smith, ‘The Hunter’
Angela Topping, ‘The Great Snowdrop Orchestra’
Mark Totterdell, ‘Snowdrops’
Jo Young, ‘On Account of the Way They Persuade Her to Hope’

Commended
Marc Brightside
Jade Cuttle
Deborah Harvey
Rosie Jackson
Poppy James
Emma Simon
Susan Székely
Margaret Wilmot
The Shepton Mallet Prize
Polly Hall, ‘If Not a Vision’

Age 12 to 17
WINNER
​Lucy Thynne, ‘Snowdrops’

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8 April 2019