Tuesday 9 July 2013

The Goose in the Suitcase wins £5,000 in the 2013 Cardiff International Poetry Competition

The much awaited results of the 2013 Cardiff International Poetry Competition were announced on Wednesday 26 June as part of an evening of poetry and music at Porters in Cardiff City Centre. 
The First Prize of £5,000 was awarded to Geoff Lajbrok from Cambridge for his poem The Goose in the Suitcase. Geoff’s poems have, until now, he says “remained unshared and undiscovered, except by his family and close friends who are forced to listen to every word he writes”. He is however currently working on his first collection of poetry which he hopes to publish in the autumn.

Second Prize of £500 was awarded to Rosie Shepperd from London for her poem My milkman comes from Sarajevo and has beautiful hands.

Hitting the Road with Frida Kahlo, by Valerie Laws from Northumbria, was awarded Third Prize of £250 in the competition. 

The five equal runners-up in the competition, each receiving £50, are: Penny Ayers from Cheltenham for her poem Museum of Curiosities, Bramber, 1963; Charity Novick from Cambridgeshire for her poem Marital Routine; Pascale Petit from London for her poem My Father’s Mirror; Judith Taylor from Aberdeen for her poem Daffodils; and Anna Wigley from Cardiff for her poem Collecting the Casket.

The hard task of judging the 2013 Competition fell to National Poet of Wales Gillian Clarke, former poet Laureate Andrew Motion and filter judge Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch. 

Click here to read all of this year's winning poems and to find out more about the winners themselves.

The Cardiff International Poetry Competition is supported by Cardiff Council.

Source: Literature Wales

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