Jo Haslam wins Teignmouth Poetry Festival Poetry competition

Josephine Haslam
Jo Haslam

Congratulations to Poetry Society Members Jo Haslam, Lisa Kelly and Tim Waller who were picked as Hannah Lowe’s top three in the Teignmouth Poetry Festival Poetry open competition. 

Jo Haslam’s winning poem ‘The Kiss’ begins

When I ask she lifts her head, touches her nose
to mine, the way her Arabic grandma
has shown her. I love the delicacy of this.
It brings to mind the horses, two greys
in the field on our way home; how they run
into buffets of wind, their soft whicker
as they meet, proffer their cold noses
to each other…

Fellow Poetry Society Member John Freeman was Commended for two poems, and Marc Woodward was Commended in the Local competition. 

The competition is run by Poetry Teignmouth whose aims are to bring live poetry to Teignmouth and entice poets and potential poets to participate and to develop their skills. They hold a monthly “An evening with” meeting at which the work of a chosen poet is read and discussed, an open mic event every three months, workshops both for experienced poets and for those new to the craft, an annual festival, held in March each year and three competitions, associated with the festival: Open, Local and Young Poets.

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1 May 2020