Glyn Maxwell has selected his winners of this year’s Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition. First prize goes to ‘Curling’ by Jonathan Edwards. Jonathan is the Editor of Poetry Wales and runs poetry feedback sessions – Poetry Surgeries – on behalf of The Poetry Society and you can book online sessions with him now.
Second prize goes to ‘England’s’ by Poetry Society Member Lindsay Fursland and Third prize goes to ‘The Constant Coat’ by fellow Member Philip Burton. Jonathan had another two poems Commended and Lindsay had another three Commended!
The Sonnet prize goes to yet another Poetry Society Member: ‘Listening to Lola Flores’ by April Yee.
The prizes: £600, £300, £150, and the Ware Sonnet Prize (£150)
Among the Commended poets are Poetry Society Members Penny Boxall, Tessa Foley, Doreen Hinchliffe, Miriam Obrey, Gillie Robic and Jeff Skinner.
Ware Poets was founded in 1991 to provide a forum for poets to read their own work, and also to hear and enjoy guest poets. The group usually meets on the first Friday of each month. There is a modest entrance charge, and refreshments are available. Everybody is welcome and has the opportunity to read one or two of their own poems in the first half of the evening – or to read poems by other poets. Regulars come not just from Ware, but from a wide area of Hertfordshire, Essex, Bedfordshire and North London. Ware Poets meets at Ware Arts Centre, Kibes Lane, Ware SG12 7BS.
24 June 2020