Farnham’s poets revealed at the Poetry Competition Awards Evening

Come and find out the winners of the Farnham Poetry Competition at an Awards Evening which will be held at St Mark’s Church on Saturday, March 11th, from 5pm.

The winning entries to both the adult and under-16 competition will be revealed along with second- and third-place and highly commended entries in an evening which will also feature an open mic for all local poets, and performances by the two judges Ellora Sutton and Coral Rumble.

It’s been an amazing competition with almost 150 entries, all on the theme of hope, from near and far, including an entry from Nepal. The winners will have the chance to read their work then everyone else will be invited to come forward and read.

The evening starts at 5pm so that children can leave early at the interval at around 6.15pm if they wish. Refreshments will be served and admission is free.

The children’s poetry competition is being judged by poet Coral Rumble and the adult one by poet Ellora Sutton.  Ellora is a Hampshire-based poet and museum person. Her work has been published in The Poetry Review, The North, bath magg, and Popshot, among others, and she reviews poetry for Mslexia. Her latest pamphlet, Antonyms for Burial, was published in 2022 by Fourteen Poems and is the Poetry Book Society’s Spring 2023 Pamphlet Choice. She tweets @ellora_sutton, or you can find her at ellorasutton.com

Coral Rumble is a popular, award-winning poet, with five poetry collections, plus 170+ anthology contributions. The Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat (picture book) was longlisted for the Oscars Book Prize Award.

Coral won the Caterpillar Poetry Prize, 2018. Her collections have been promoted by education magazines and shortlisted for awards. Her verse novel, Little Light (2021) was a recommendation for National Poetry Day 2021, and was a chosen text for Empathy Day 2022. It has also been longlisted for the UKLA Book Awards 2023. Her debut novel, Jakub’s Otter will be published in 2023.

The Farnham Poetry Competition is run in conjunction with the Farnham Literary Festival which runs until March 12.

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