HOW TO PAINT A MARIGOLD won second prize in the Rhyme and Reason poetry competition 2015. The judge, Terry Jones, said of it: ‘This is a wonderful, elegant poem. I love the way the carefully managed thought process flows through the poem, binding the stanzas together. It is partly due to the careful syntax, but also to the rich patterning of assonance and alliteration. It is also due to the ingenious comparison of music to painting, which is the poem’s leitmotif. Gentle humour too – as in the lovely switch in the final stanza.’
VIEW FINDER received a Specially Commended award in the Welsh Poetry Competition 2015 judged by Sally Spedding.
SMOKE AND MINNOWS was longlisted for the Canterbury Festival
Poet of the Year 2015.
COFFIN BEARERS won a £20 runner-up prize in the Salopian open poetry competition 2015. Alison Chisholm said, “…an original and thought-provoking look at mortality.”
THE RELEVENT DOOR received a Highly Commended award from Grevel Lindop in the 2015 Mungrisdale Poetry Competition and will appear in the anthology.
THE CARPENTER won Second prize in the Rubies In the Darkness poetry competition 2015.
A FORMAL GARDEN won third prize of £20 in the 2015 Salopian Poetry Society’s Annual Members Only Poetry Competition.