Our poetry competition ran over the winter as part of our campaign "Let's End Street Homelessness in Cornwall".
There are four winners:-
1st Prize for the Under 12 category goes to Muhammed Amin for his poem Homeless
1st Prize for the Under 19 category and the prize for the Overall Winner goes to Phoebe Spence for her poem Debris
1st Prize for the client category goes to Denise Harrison for her poem Hollow
1st Prize for the Adult category goes to Elaine Ruth White for her poem Street Anatomy
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.”