Tina Cole wins Yaffle Prize

Tina Cole

Poetry Society Member Tina Cole has won this year’s Yaffle Prize, winning £200 for ‘Nothing but the strength of names’. Here are the opening lines…

Tina was born in the Black Country and now lives in rural Herefordshire. She likes to write about people and relationships good or bad. Her collection – I Almost Knew You (2015), focused on those themes. She a previous winner of the Oriel Davies Writing Competition, and the Welshpool Poetry Competition judged by Liz Berry. She is the organiser of the annual Young Peoples Poetry Competition – yppc2019.org. 

Fellow Poetry Society Member Ruth Kelsey was third, winning £25  for ‘Superman writes poetry on his day off’.

Good news too for other Poetry Society Members – Joe Caldwell was Highly Commended for ‘Maristella’ and Sharon Phillips and Andrea Small were Commended for ‘Bottom Line’ and  ‘Mermyth’.

All the poems will feature in Yaffle’s second poetry anthology Whirlagust ll.

“Yaffle is a brand new independent publisher of poetry. We aim to produce pamphlets and poetry collections of a high standard, introduce new voices and release work by established poets. We will also consider publishing second editions of previously published pamphlets and poetry collections, providing the poet owns the copyright to their work.

We aim to support our poets by hosting and compering book launches and arranging other events/readings when possible. We aim to engender an informal and friendly relationship with our poets by being approachable, supportive and going that extra mile for our family of Yaffles.”

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15 July 2020