High stan­dards in po­etry com­pe­ti­tion

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THE THOMAS Gray 2016 work­ing com­mit­tee sup­ported by the Stoke Po­ges So­ci­ety have an­nounced the re­sults of their 2016 po­etry com­pe­ti­tion.

The last of three an­nual po­etry com­pe­ti­tions or­ga­nized to cel­e­brate the ter­cente­nary of

Gray’s birth was judged by the poet Daljit Na­gra, who is the in­au­gu­ral Poet in Res­i­dence for BBC Ra­dio 4.

He said: “It was very hard se­lect­ing the win­ners from a list of qual­ity po­ems.

“I hope my choices go some way to show­case the high stan­dard of this su­perb and valu­able com­pe­ti­tion which I felt honoured to have judged.”

First prize in the open class was won by Chris Kin­sey with Yews in a Welsh Church­yard.

Sec­ond prize was won by Brid­get Blank­ley with Red Flow­ers and Carolyn King took home third with Grave Con­se­quences.

Ex­hi­bi­tion by Mary McLean Al­monds and Raisins Saun­ders awarded com­mended’.

Mr Na­gra said: “It was a highly en­joy­able com­pe­ti­tion to judge be­cause there were so many thought­ful and mov­ing po­ems, many of which in­ter­preted the quote from Gray in terms of the El­egy.

“The ele­gies were pow­er­ful and cap­tured the loss of fam­ily mem­bers or recog­nised the tragedies of the modern age, most promi­nently the two world wars.”

The Thomas Gray 2016 work­ing com­mit­tee would like to thank all the en­trants.

The awards will be made by Daljit Na­gra at a cer­e­mony to be held at St. Giles’ Church, Stoke Po­ges, on Thurs­day Septem­ber 22.

Guests are in­vited on a guided tour of the Thomas Gray land­scape as part of the event.

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