Avril Joy wins York Literature Festival / YorkMix poetry competition

York Mix poetry winner Avril Joy (left) with judge Clare Shaw. Photographs: Carole Bromley

It’s a 1-2-3 in this year’s York Literature Festival / YorkMix poetry competition as all top-three places went to Poetry Society Members.

Avril Joy‘s poem ‘Skomm’ has won the main prize – the title coming from an ancient Norse word for ‘shame’. Claire Shaw, the competition judge (who also judged this year’s Ted Hughes Award), said of Avril’s poem:

“…an absolutely shattering poem… and it’s not going to leave me”

Second prize was awarded to Michael Brown for ‘Hallowed’ and third prize went to Sue Norton for ‘Drought’.

Poetry Society Members featured strongly among the Highly Commended and Commended categories too with Jill Munro, Sue Norton (again), Estelle Price, Di Slaney (for two poems), and Mark Totterdell among the Highly Commended and Jane Burn, Jinny Fisher, Victoria Gatehouse, Katie Greenbrown, Avril Joy (again), Jo Peters, and Mark Totterdell (again) among the Commended poets.

The awards event was supported this year by City Cruises York, who provided the floating venue, the River Prince, and a two-hour cruise on the Ouse, as 15 of the prizewinning poets read their entries to a spellbound audience.

Now in its seventh year, the competition is recognised as one of Britain’s most prestigious poetry competitions, attracting a total of 769 poems from 333 poets this year.

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5 April 2019