1,672 poems were submitted in this year’s Guernsey International Poetry Competition, with the top prize going to an American psychiatry professor for a piece on the birth of his granddaughter.
Owen Lewis, who is also a published poet, scooped £1,000 for his poem titled ‘On the Hospital Bed’.
Guernsey poet Kevin Bales won in the local category with his piece ‘Between the Sun and the Snail Slime’, taking home £250.
New Zealand-based Sarah-Kate Simons took first place amongst the youngsters for her poem ‘Growing Pains’, also winning £250.
Of all the submissions, 183 were in the Channel Island category, 223 in the Young People’s category, and the rest in the open competition.
Poet and novelist Jackie Kay, who judged this year's competition, said the submissions were so strong she felt she was “left frantically trying to find something not so good [to] eliminate.
“That was a stubborn process, and many of the poems that didn’t make it into the final shortlist still hovered around my kitchen for days.”
A free-to-attend awards ceremony will be held on 10 May from 17:00 at the Guille-Alles Library, with Ms Kay in attendance.
Pictured: An exhibition will be placed outside the Priaulx Library in early May.
The top three poems in each category, and 12 others, will form the next iteration of the Poems on the Move display around the island, such as outside the Priaulx Library, and within buses.
This year’s competition was sponsored by Specsavers and supported by Guernsey Arts.
Channel Island Category:
Young People’s Category:
Poems selected for Poems on the Buses exhibition:
Pictured (top): Jackie Kay. Credit: Mary McCarthy.
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