Poetry Competition 2016 Results

Theme: ‘Full many a flower is born to blush unseen’

The Thomas Gray Working Committee supported by The Stoke Poges Society is pleased to announce the results of their 2016 poetry competition – the last of three annual poetry competitions organised to celebrate the tercentenary of Gray’s birth on 26 December 2016.

Judged by the poet Daljit Nagra, who is the inaugural Poet in Residence for BBC Radio 4, the winners of the Open Class competition are:

First Prize: Churchyard Yews A Call to Arms (£250) by Chris Kinsey from Wales

Second Prize: Red Flowers (£100) by Bridget Blankley from Southampton

Third Prize: GRAVE CONSEQUENCES (£60) by Carolyn King from the Isle of Wight

Daljit found it a highly enjoyable competition to judge with many thoughtful and moving poems including several elegies which recognised the tragedies of the modern age.

Daljit awarded Highly Commended to:

Exhibition by Mary McLean

Almonds and Raisins by Barbara Saunders

A Sweetness Absent from the Ocean Air by John Beaton

Commenting on the results, he said “It was very hard selecting the winners from a list of quality poems. I hope my choices go some way to showcase the high standard of this superb and valuable competition which I felt honoured to have judged.”

Sadly, we did not receive sufficient entries in the School Class to justify a competition. 

The Thomas Gray Anniversary Committee would like to thank all the entrants who proved yet again that the Elegy can inspire powerful and thought-provoking work.

The awards will be made by Daljit Nagra at a reception to be held at St Giles’ Church, Stoke Poges, on Thursday, 22 September.