High standards in poetry competition
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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