Announcement: Poetry Competition Winners and Runners Up

The results are in! Our poetry competition ran over the winter as part of our campaign “Let's End Street Homelessness in Cornwall”.

We would like to thank Angela Stoner for her help in judging the huge number of entries to the competition. Angela Stoner is an experienced teacher, storyteller and writer. She has been running creative writing workshops, courses and retreats since moving to Cornwall in 1998. Her work appears regularly in literary magazines and her two published books Once in a Blue Moon (Fal publications, 2005), and Weight and Flight (Oversteps books 2010), reflect her interest in the transformative power of storytelling.  In 2012, she won the Poetry Society’s Stanza Award and the first ever Poetry Out Loud competition held in Cornwall. She is inspired by the powerful landscape and traditions of west Cornwall and believes everyone has a creative gift.

Angela Commented “I went for poems which continually called for my attention, were using language and metaphor in an unexpected way, made me see homelessness anew, but above all were authentic and compelling in their voice. Also, poems which had lines I couldn’t let go. This applied to many many poems which didn’t even make it to the commended pile.  It really was a rewarding task.”


First Prize, Under 12 Category
HomelessMuhammed Amin

First Prize, Under 19 Category and Overall Winner
Debris, Phoebe Spence

First Prize, Client Category
Hollow, Denise Harrison

First Prize, Adult Category
Street Anatomy, Elaine Ruth White

Runners Up

Under 12 Category
Homeless Poem, Rowan Kent
The Church Hall, Merryn Dutson

Under 19 Category
Now that my home resides only in my poems, Abhilipsa Sahoo
Homeless on Christmas Eve, Iona Mandal

Adult Category
Homeless Reggae, Jacques Groen
Dispossessed, A.C Clarke

Client Category
Untitled (I am red, anger..), Elisha Kerren Hart