2015 Poetry Competition Results

Poets from all over the West Country travelled to Mere on Sunday 18th October for the results of the town’s Literary Festival Poetry Competition and the awarding of prizes and certificates.

The Award Ceremony - which included a reading by senior judge, Chris McCully - was the finale of the nineteenth festival in aid of the Mere & District Link Scheme.


Click on the prize winning titles to read the poem (for Open and Local Sections only, and where available)

1. Open Section

  • Runners-Up (Listed by Competition Number):
  • February by Patience Light
  • Anteroom by J.T. Drazin
  • On the Onset of Age in Robert Frost Country by David Childs

2. Local Section

3. Junior Section

  • 1st. Tears of the Land by Holly Pepper
  • 2nd. The Peacock by Peggy Wiseman
  • 3rd. Swimming by Alexander Cox

4. Poetry in the Grove

  • As voted by the audience at the Festival reading of the Open Section Shortlist on Saturday 17th October 2015.
  • 1st. February by Patience Light
  • = 2nd. A Stone found on a Beach during a Storm by Anita Campbell
  • = 2nd. Pauper’s Lament by Jacqueline Longley