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Poet of the Year Longlist 2021

2021 saw our Poet of the Year Competition receive an amazing 598 entries beating even last year’s record number.  Perhaps this is proof that during difficult times poetry is a wonderful means of  coping, expressing yourself and recording thoughts, ideas and memories in a special way. 

Out of this vast number of poems the Judges, after some lengthy discussions, have chosen an extra-long longlist of 48 poems which will be published in our annual anthology. The poems range immensely in subject matter and in format, coming from all over the world though we are pleased to say our local Kentish poets are well represented.

The judges will now choose a shortlist from these poems and from these the winners will be chosen. We are honoured that the First Prize has been generously donated by Prof Geralyn Pinto in memory of her late sister Rita Mathias.

The shortlisted poets will be invited to read their work at our Awards Evening on 7 October; National Poetry Day. The event will be held in Chilham Village Hall, doors open at 8pm and reading’s commence at 8.15pm. Entry is free and everyone is welcome. During the evening the winners will be announced, plus there will be a prize for the Best-Read poem and the People’s Choice as chosen by the audience on the night.  

The longlisted poets and the titles of their poems are listed below. Copies of the anthology will be available at the Awards Evening and from the Festival Office shortly. 

Poet of the Year Longlist 2021:

Warning; contains images that some viewers may find distressing – Freya Bantiff

Side Order – Freya Bantiff

Reaching Out – Freya Bantiff

Timepiece – Freya Bantiff

Poem Beginning with the Last Lines of a Failed Poem – Partridge Boswell

Stone Cottage – Partridge Boswell

Ode to My Vocation – Partridge Boswell

Daffodils are made for golf clubs – Philip Brennan

The life of seagulls – Mike Burns-Stark

On Brighton Beach – Diana Cant

To the English Language – A C Clarke

Source Singer – Ross Cogan

Coats – Ross Cogan

What I Told the Wren – Tina Cole

Traveller – Tina Cole

Monochromes – Tina Cole

Quietude – Martin Cordery

No Fanfare – Judith Dimond

Clutter – Kevin Dyer

I think we need dahlias this year – Kevin Dyer

Tangerine Dream – Naoise Gale

Vincent – Dawn Glaisher

Renovating My Father – Nicollette Golding

Match Point – Oz Hardwick

Bert Jarman at the Pentre – Christian Hardy

Growing – Kathleen Jones

Before – Kathleen Jones

The Oil Fields of Tibú – R J Keeler

Winter Journey
– Jeffery Loffman

Lemon Drops in the Pocket of My Father’s Overcoat – Maeve McKenna

Glanders – Rosemary Norman

South Kensington – Rosemary Norman

Crumbs – Stephanie Powell

Princes Freeway – Stephanie Powell

Elizabeth – Eleanor Punter

La Môme Piaf – Eleanor Punter

my own personal Polonia – Mara Adamitz Scrupe

No beast so fierce – Derek Sellen

Many Doors – Mary Anne Smith Sellen

Eleven Days – Gary Studley

Rain – Gary Studley

The Equine Attraction is Closing – Mark Totterdell

orlando/salmacis – Elizabeth Train-Brown

Starfish – Christian Ward

The day your reflection left – Christian Ward

We Who Teach (James chapter 3) – Ciara E White

My Shameless Lips – James Knox-Whittet

Coping – Georgia Wilson