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Poet of the Year 2022

Poet of the Year Competition 2022: Announcing this year’s Longlist

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.

Longlist 2022

Patrick KennedyGordon Aindow
Birds from the HarborBernice Chan
Patchwork carpetA C Clarke
Girl at a Poetry ReadingTina Cole
Last Wednesday at the LaundretteTina Cole
Sylvia – On the Beach in a White Bathing SuitMartin Cordery
When she was a body of waterKerry Darbishire
Mr Kay’s PassionCaroline Franklyn
Death of a Special Effects DesignerDominic Harbinson
The Inventory KeeperChristopher Horton
Dermochelys coriaceaChristopher M James
scriptedAldona Kapacinskaite
We Have a TwinDavid Lewis
There’s no smoke for the foolRichard Lister
blackbirdRon Ogilvie
FantasiaMiriam Patrick
In Brand New CoatsKerry Rawlinson
Mrs Blake is BornIsobel Roach
The SitterGreta Ross
Ivan makes a violin for his sonGreta Ross
StellaFiona Sinclair
BelliniDavid Terelinck
Throw a double six to start!Janys Thornton
Signs everything hates you
Christian Ward
LighthingCathy Whittaker
Aunt ClareCathy Whittaker
Last Moments James Knox Whittet
FearKate Young

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.