20 October 2018 - 3 November 2018

This is a free event.


Thursday 04 October 2018 at 7:30 PM

This is a free event.

The Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year Competition has now become an internationally respected event with poems being received from all over the world.  This year 406 poems were submitted from as far afield as India and Luxembourg, from all corners of Europe and the British Isles, and we are delighted that many have been entered by our very active and talented local poets.

The Competition culminates at the Awards Evening when the shortlisted poems will be read, whenever possible by the poets themselves, and the Poet of the Year will be announced.  He or she will receive the University of Kent Prize of £200, along with the title, second place receives £100 and third £50. In addition, the Best-Read Poem receives a bottle of sparkling wine and the People’s Choice (the favourite poem of the audience) gets £25.

During the evening, there will also be an open mic session, open to anyone who registers (limited time available) and anthologies of the long-listed poems will be available for purchase.  

Doors open at 7pm and reading start at 7.30pm, and entrance is free. 

2017 Competition Overview and winners




Toes James Leader
Raid Michael Loveday
Skin Michael Loveday
Coming to Terms with My Father Michael Loveday
sevilla afternoon Royston Tester
Picnic with Lorca Greta Ross
His Body has left us but his soul is Greta Ross
Mate De Coca-Coca Tea Tomi Adegbayibi
Journey Tina Cole
My Father was a Tailor Tina Cole
Unsafe spaces Lucy Dixcart
Penitents Greta Ross
Walmer Beach John Bayliss Post
Winter John Bayliss Post
The House of Lost Land Kerry Darbishire
Orion Derek Sellen
Between Two Lives Mary Anne Smith
Baby Shower Tess Adams
Bryobia Praetiosa Jack Faricy
Bit Part in the 60's Eve Jackson
St Hildeburg Goes Skinny Dipping with Grey Seals Marilyn Donovan
Purple Heron Marilyn Donovan
Trivia Christopher M James
A Young Charles 1 'also sat for a now lost portrait by Velazquez Dave Simpson
Sister Clare Marsh
Feeding the Labyrinth Derek Sellen
Ten Admissions Alice West
Catullus in the Kitchen Charlotte Cornell
Palio Charlotte Cornell
An Interview with Judith Quiney Charlotte Cornell
Of a Father Tamsin Hopkins
Virginia Estelle Price
Milk Siblings Joan Michelson
A Book of Hours Maeve Henry
This Woman Wears a Green Dress Clare Proctor
Half-so in the angry light Gary Studley
Tulips Elizabeth Parker





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