Lewis Buxton wins Winchester Poetry Prize

Lewis Buxton

Congratulations to Poetry Society Member Lewis Buxton, winner of the 2020 Winchester Poetry Competition for his poem ‘Field Dressing a Rabbit’, judged by Andrew McMillan. Second and third prizes went to fellow Poetry Society Members Claire Collison for ‘Little Deaths’ and Luke Palmer for ‘Desire | Youth’.

Highly Commended Poetry Society Members were Lewis Buxton (again) – ‘Wrestling’, Elena Croitoru – ‘Fish Bones by Candlelight’ and Simon Middleton – ‘Men at the Antenatal Class’.

Commended Members were Barry Coidan – ‘Angie’s Party’, Alexandra Corrin-Tachibana – ‘Kotoshi mo yoroshiku’, Ken Evans – ‘Static in The Café’, Matthew Griffiths – ‘Nice hat,’ Matthew Haigh – ‘The Colour of Death is Desert Peach’, Nicki Heinen – ‘Summer at the Hospital’, Tamsin Hopkins – ‘Knuckles’, Simon Middleton (again) – ‘Picture the Bull’, Mary Mulholland – ‘Still life’, Paul Stephenson – ‘Birkenstocks’, Ben Verinder – ‘The impossibility of a sex poem’, Susie Wilson – ‘Everyone Who Comes To My Funeral Must’, and Fathima Zahra – ‘O Rey Chhori’.

​The winners were announced at a special online prize-giving event on Saturday 10 October 2020. The event will be available to view via YouTube soon. Winning and commended poems have been published in an anthology un-seaming the tendon which is available via the online shop.

Winchester Poetry Festival was established in 2013 with the first festival taking place in September 2014. The festival is a biennial event, with the next festival taking place October 2021. The charity also promotes one-off events, an annual poetry competition and administers the Hampshire Poet programme in partnership with Hampshire Cultural Trust.

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27 October 2020