Poetry Competition: Our Winners
Sydenham Arts’ second annual competition, ‘We Could Be Heroes’ in partnership with Alarms & Excursions and Kirkdale Bookshop. Racheal Joseph and I had the unenviable task of judging the 2018 Sydenham Arts Poetry Competition. After hours of agonising over the top five, we finally came up with three well deserved winners.
1st Prize Mr. Williams by Doreen Hinchliffe
2nd Prize The Longest Wait by Philip Burton
3rd Prize Tommy at Seventy by Mantz Yorke
There were so many others vying for fourth place, we decided to award these poems commended status. Their authors were:
Ada by Doreen Hinchliffe
Yetta at 98 by Caroline Gilfillan
Jocelyn Bell Burnell Speaks by Derek Sellen
Firefighter by Mrs K A Easton
Hero by Felix Hornby
Hero by Alicia Chandwani
Words for my wife by William Greig
Dementia by Fiona Ludlow
Father by Fiona Ludlow
A number of other entries were very good, but did not follow the theme of the competition, so sadly we had to rule them as ineligible. We’ll be back with a new competition next year. In the meantime, our thanks go to Racheal for judging, Kirkdale Bookshop and Alarms & Excursions for financial support and Sydenham Arts for administering the competition.
See you next year!
Isabel White (Alarms & Excursions)