Poetry prizes awarded at Winchester Poetry Festival as nearly 1000 people enjoy the event

Winchester Poetry Prize entrants with Jane Bryant (centre) and Jacqueline Saphra at the The Winchester Poetry Festival. Image: Gilbert Yates

Submitted by the Winchester Poetry Festival

The Winchester Poetry Festival was delighted to announce the winners of the 2021 Winchester Poetry Prize. The annual international competition aims to promote and foster exciting talent and the entries this year did not disappoint.

The winners were announced at the festival, which was attended by nearly 1000 people either online or in person. Lesley Saunders was named the winner of the 2021 Winchester Poetry Prize with her entry entitled The Starlings.

Lesley became the sixth winner of the prize, which is sponsored by Paris Smith LLP, and once again attracted thousands of entries from around the world including Australia, Nigeria, and the United States of America.

The second prize was awarded to Laurie Bolger for her poem Gem, while Paula Balfe was awarded the third prize for her entry miscarriage.

All of the longlisted poems were performed by their writers either live at the Festival, or by zoom or pre-recorded video.

For the second year running, Imogen Cook was awarded the prize for the best poem by a poet living in Hampshire for her poem FRANKENSTEIN. The Hampshire Prize is supported by Warren & Son.


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