Thursday, 19 April 2012

Open Poetry Competition Results

17th April 2012

The winners of the 41st Open Poetry Competition,
adjudicated by Helen Ivory:

1st Mother by Dorothy Fryd
2nd Hotel Small Hours by Gina Shaw
3rd Love, the Verb by Dana Smith

Family: My Parents Staying by Nicolette Golding
Humorous: Epitaph for our Time by Gerard McKee
Minimalist: Little Stars by Chris Hardy

A further sixty-two poems were selected from the 622 entries and featured in this year’s anthology with ten “Highly Commended” and twelve “Commended”.
The evening was made very interesting as many of the poets had travelled to Norwich to hear the results and read their poems. Altogether it was a very successful year and the evening was most enjoyable.

 Chairman Adrain Dearnley
 Judge Helen Ivory
 Vice President Elizabeth Bencze presents 1st Prize
Dorothy Fryd reads winning poem "Mother"

“The Incomparable Mr Dick”

3rd April 2012

Peter Mieville's talk reflected on life and works of Charles Dickens. He noted that the author had many local connections to this region and was partly inspired to write “David Copperfield” after a visit to Norwich. Reviewing his early career culminating in his fame with the publication of “The Pickwick Papers” his prolific writing was in part motivated by his desire to support a large number of relatives. Peter gave moving readings, illustrating Dickens level of perception, consciousness and humour and a lively discussion rounded off a very enjoyable evening.

Information supplied by Adrian Dearnley