14 October 2017 - 4 November 2017

 

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Poet of the Year 2015 Winner, Abegail Morley presented the 'Best Read' prize to Kathleen Jones 

 

A DOUBLE FIRST FOR THE FESTIVAL POET OF THE YEAR COMPETITION

On Friday 7 October the Friends of Canterbury Festival held the Awards Evening for their Poet of the Year Competition and, for the first time, awarded a joint first prize!

This year a total of 391 entries were received, the largest number ever, and the judges, Luigi Marchini of SaveAs Writers Group, Patricia Debney, Reader in Creative Writing at the University of Kent, and Abegail Morley, Poet of the Year 2015, had a long and difficult time judging them.

Eventually these three wise judges chose a long list of 38 poems which have been published in an anthology, and from this they decided on a short list of 14 from which the winners would be chosen. 

The shortlisted poems were all read at the Awards Evening (wherever possible by the poets themselves) in the elegant surroundings of the Colyer-Fergusson Hall at the University of Kent, thanks to our sponsors the School of English and Centre for Creative Writing.

Usually the winning poet receives the University of Kent Prize of £200, plus the title of Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year, the second place receives £100 and third £50.  There are also two extra prizes; the Best Read Poem is awarded a bottle of sparkling wine (courtesy of the Wine Room, Tankterton) and the People’s Choice, the favourite poem as voted for by the audience, a £25 Prize.

However, 2016 turned out to be exceptional and the judges decided to award joint first prizes to David Attwooll of Oxford for his poem Midsummer Landing, and Jen Syrkiewicz of York for Love (through lidded eyes).  Third place went to Kerry Darbishire of Kendal in Cumbria for Notes in Lemon Juice, the Best Read was Still Life by Kathleen Jones of Appleby in Cumbria, and the People’s Choice was Purple by Julie Stamp from Dover.

Sadly, David Attwooll passed away before the Awards Evening but his prize money is going towards a fund being set up in his memory to help young people into the creative arts. 

The Poet of the Year Competition has grown exponentially over the past few years and is now truly international.  Here’s looking forward to it growing even bigger in 2017!

Copies of the anthology are available from the Festival Office for £5 each.

To read the winning poem click here.

THE LONG LIST

Midsummer Landing

David Attwooll

Sitting in the Birch Wood

Bridget Blankley

The Amble

Pat Borthwick

For Water

Pat Borthwick

Lies

Pat Borthwick

The Dead Zoo

David Butler

Tea     to me is a mystery

Nancy Charley

The Gap Trek of Tracey Short

Nancy Charley

Last seen at Blo's Cafe while waiting for my Bobotie Burger

Brian Clark

Travel notebook

Martin Cordrey

I Had a Ticket to See Billy Collins

Martin Cordrey

Old Photo

Kerry Darbishire

Notes in Lemon Juice

Kerry Darbishire

Night at Whitestone Farm

Kitty Donnelly

thirsty

James Finnegan

Oona's Mum

Sumeet Grover

Delancey Street Daydream

Catherine Higgins-Moore

Bringing Back the Damsons

Roger James

Passing Trains

Roger James

Four Elements  Air

Roger James

Still Life

Kathleen Jones

Birdsong

Jane Lovell

Forbidden

Jane Lovell

Parting Points

Greta Ross

The Sea Between Us

Mara Adamitz Scrupe

Images from the Work

Derek Sellen

The Unravelling

Derek Sellen

The Coming of Postcodes to the Peninsula

Derek Sellen

This Night Before

Dave Simpson

Handed Down

Mary Anne Smith

Purple

Julie Stamp

Medic, Field Hospital

Julie Stamp

After

Anne Stewart

Saltwater Marshland, 1773

Edwin Stockdale

Landfill

Gary Michael Studley

Love (through lidded eyes)

Jen Syrkiewicz

Mintaka

Sarah Tait

Laguna

Eleanor Ward

 

THE SHORT LIST

 

Midsummer Landing

David Attwooll

The Amble

Pat Borthwick

The Gap Trek of Tracey Short

Nancy Charley

Last seen at Blo's Cafe while waiting for my Bobotie Burger

Brian Clark

I Had a Ticket to See Billy Collins

Martin Cordrey

Notes in Lemon Juice

Kerry Darbishire

Delancey Street Daydream

Catherine Higgins-Moore

Bringing Back the Damsons

Roger James

Still Life

Kathleen Jones

Forbidden

Jane Lovell

The Sea Between Us

Mara Adamitz Scrupe

Purple

Julie Stamp

After

Anne Stewart

Love (through lidded eyes)

Jen Syrkiewicz

 

 

To read about the 2015 winners: click here