Earlier this year I was asked to judge the annual Rhyme and Reason Poetry Competition, which raises funds for the Rennie Grove Hospice Care. Although the winners were notified in June, I can't see a trace of this online, so I thought I would make their names public.
As an added reason for this post, the winning poems as well as a few other entries that narrowly missed out on prizes or commendations, are now all published as a 2015 desk diary, with proceeds going to the charity:
1st Prize: Lesley Quayle, 'Gone Far Away'
2nd Prize: Rosemary Gray, 'Wartime Sounds'
3rd Prize: Jill Wallis, 'Developments'
Highly commended poems:
Catherine Edmunds, 'Rothley Cottage'
Abigail Wyatt, 'My Father Sits Upon a Shelf'
Janine Warre, 'Between a Rock and a Hard Place'
Alison Ringrose, 'Jigsaw'
Ruth Far, 'Watercolour'
Kathy Zwick, 'To Dr Antoine Marfan'
Congratulations to the winners!
Here's what I had to say about Quayle's winning poem at the time:
'The perfect alliance between a technically impressive form and a relatable and moving account of the way a family tries to behave and cope in the aftermath of a death. I particularly like the touches of wryness mixed in the grieving, the acceptance of pomp, and the deference to a loved one’s wishes…'
Hopefully, an enticement to check it out for yourself...