Jane Wilkinson wins Strokestown Poetry Prize

Jane Wilkinson

Poetry Society Member Jane Wilkinson is the winner of this year’s Strokestown International Poetry Prize for her poem ‘If I were to land’. Judges were John F. Deane and Enda Wyley. Jane was  first – and second – in the Guernsey International Poetry Competition earlier this year and was also winner of the Against the Grain Poetry Press competition in 2019. She was second in the Waltham Forest Poetry Competition in 2018. She is a landscape architect from London, living in Norwich.

John and Enda said of Jane’s poem:

a stirring, accomplished, unusual and well-formed poem which immediately caught our attention. It’s arresting opening line compels the reader forward into a beating narrative with memorable images. A striking poem,as much about love,as it is about loss – and ultimately,the heartbreak that freedom can bring.We were both delighted to award this poem First Place in the Strokestown International Poetry Prize 2020.

The shortlist included Mike Barlow (a former National Poetry Competition winner), Darren Donohue, Michael Dooley, Jonathan Edwards, John Gallas, Justin Hunt, Sandy Longley, Anne McDonald, and Jac Shortland.

The Strokestown International Poetry Festival was founded in 1999. It takes place annually on the first weekend of May, in Strokestown, Co. Roscommon. The weekend provides a world-renowned forum for excellence in poetry. Strokestown is famous for the large audiences that attend all readings and allied to the welcome, the friendliness and the scenery, the weekend is an unforgettable experience and a thrilling immersion in contemporary poetry. ‘Our mission is to showcase contemporary poetry, local, national and international, foster the development of emerging writers and consolidate poetry in local cultural life bringing it to the widest possible audience’.

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3 June 2020