Eleanor Penny wins Verve Poetry Competition

Andrew McMillan has chosen Eleanor Penny as the winner of this year’s Verve Poetry Competition with Commendations for Poetry Society Members Natalie Crick, Michael Saunderson, Claire Collison, Hilary Watson, Christopher M James, Tim Kiely, Natalie Whittaker, and Jack Cooper.

The results in full:

1st Prize: The Dogs by Eleanor Penny

2nd Prize: Gaylord by Jack Parlett

3rd Prize: How To Wheel by Karl Knights

Commended Poets:

Natalie Crick, Miles Eagge, Thomas Stewart, Michael Saunderson, Samuel Green, Prerena Kumar, Stephanie Papa, Paul Howarth, Maria Leonard, Estelle Birdy, Christopher James, Zosia Kuczynska, Tim Kiely, Roma Havers, Jade Cuttle, Isabelle Baafi, Jack Cooper, Kat Payne Ware, Claire Collison, Natalie Whittaker, Hilary Watson, Dale Booton

The theme for this year’s competition was DIVERSITY.

Verve was originally conceived as a poetry festival for Birmingham – a city centre festival that appeals to the community in all its many and varied forms. We wanted to attract the young as much as the old, and to reach out and encompass the many cultural influences that abound in our city. Even now that we have started to appeal to a national audience, it is this initial idea that drives us. Poetry should be for all, not just the elite, and should be celebrated in all its forms, because as we know quality exists right across the poetry spectrum.

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7 May 2020