After many weeks of reading, reviewing, deliberating, and discussing over 500 entries received from around the world for this year’s competition, we are delighted to share this year’s Poet of the Year Competition longlist.
The long-listed poems will be published in our annual anthology which may be purchased soon from the Festival Office for £5 each. The shortlisted poems will be eligible for the Poet of the Year Award, along with second and third places. Keep an eye out on the Festival’s website for the announcement!
Join us online on National Poetry Day for this year’s Awards Evening. The event will take place on Zoom with readings from this year’s finalists and feedback from our judges on Thursday 6th October at 7.30pm. For more details click here.
|Patrick Kennedy||Gordon Aindow|
|Birds from the Harbor||Bernice Chan|
|Patchwork carpet||A C Clarke|
|Girl at a Poetry Reading||Tina Cole|
|Last Wednesday at the Laundrette||Tina Cole|
|Sylvia – On the Beach in a White Bathing Suit||Martin Cordery|
|When she was a body of water||Kerry Darbishire|
|Mr Kay’s Passion||Caroline Franklyn|
|Death of a Special Effects Designer||Dominic Harbinson|
|The Inventory Keeper||Christopher Horton|
|Dermochelys coriacea||Christopher M James|
|We Have a Twin||David Lewis|
|There’s no smoke for the fool||Richard Lister|
|In Brand New Coats||Kerry Rawlinson|
|Mrs Blake is Born||Isobel Roach|
|The Sitter||Greta Ross|
|Ivan makes a violin for his son||Greta Ross|
|Throw a double six to start!||Janys Thornton|
|Signs everything hates you ||Christian Ward|
|Aunt Clare||Cathy Whittaker|
|Last Moments||James Knox Whittet|
Many congratulations to all the long-listed poets! We look forward to announcing the list of the short-listed poems, and to award the Poet of the Year 2022.