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Rhyme and Reason Poetry Competition

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...

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