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Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year 2012 Winner announced

The winner of the Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year 2012 has been announced at a celebration evening at the wonderful Dominican Priory in Canterbury on Thursday 4 October 2012. The evening was attended by the short-listed and long-listed poets and their guests. We were also delighted to have the Canterbury Laureate, Sarah Salway, in attendance.

Local poet Graham Burchell took the top prize for his memorable poem, Piemonte Rain and he was awarded a £50 book token from Waterstone's, the sponsors of the event and half a case of wine, courtesy of The Wine Room in Tankerton.

Second prize was awarded to Jo Field for My Father Dragged Me Up Mountains, and Geraldine Paine won third prize for The End. Honourable mention went to Eleanor Perry for her poem The Divine Shell, which impressed all the judges.

A bottle of English sparkling wine (also from The Wine Room) for the Best Read on the night went to Victoria Field for Questions for Vera and new for 2012, the People's Choice was decided via a secret vote during the interval and the winner, Derek Sellen with his poem, Street Vendor, South West China received a £20 book token from Waterstone's Canterbury.

The judges for the evening were Sarah Salway and Marilyn Donovan, Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year 2011 and third judge, Luigi Marchini, also acted as compere for the evening. Luigi is the Chair of the local SaveAs Writers Group, for more information, see their website www.saveaswriters.co.uk.

The poetry readings by the shortlisted poets and by the judges, were interspersed with musical delights from Richard Navarro, talented local singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Canterbury.

Over 150 entries were submitted for this year's competition. Thirty-three poems made the judges' long-list and have been included in a poetry anthology. Priced at £3, it is available from the Canterbury Festival Office, 8 Orange Street, Canterbury.

 

Shortlist

 

 

6

My Parents' House

Alan Gleave

10

On the Telephone

Anne Kenney

17

Street Vendor, South-West China

Derek Sellen

20

The Divine Shell

Eleanor Perry

29

9/10ths Unseen

Gary Studley

42

The End

Geraldine Paine

45

The Old Fireside Chair

Geraldine Aldridge

47

Composite in Hangar 17

Gillian Laker

55

Piemonte Rain

Graham Burchell

74

My Father Dragged Me up Mountains

Jo Field

75

The Voice of the Raven is Heard

Jo Field

77

Taking the Train to Mars

Judith Dimond

117

Bikes

Roger James

119

Drumsticks

Roger James

150

Questions for Vera

Victoria Field

 

 

 

Longlist

 

 

1

Impression

Abegail Morley

5

Addressing Human Identity in Canterbury Cathedral

Alan Gleave

18

Left Side, Right Side

Diana Holst

41

Ribbons

Geraldine Paine

59

The Star Grinder

Greta Ross

60

Your Call

Greta Ross

72

Top Gear

Gill Clinton

73

In the Bath

Jo Field

78

The Shepherds Return to the Flock

Judith Dimond

85

"Dream a Little Dream of…"

Mark Holihan

93

A Man Out Walking His Dog

Mary Anne Smith

97

Words

Michael Clarke

98

Shore Tales

Nancy Charley

114

The Rocky Storm

Paul Clugston

124

Pram in Gorton

Roger James

129

The Calyx

Rosemary Dunne

131

Illumination

Sonia Overall

132

Margate, 5th May

Sonia Overall

 

 

TO READ ABOUT THE 2011 WINNERS: CLICK HERE