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2022 Young Poets Results

Congratulations to our young poet Joe Wright winning this year’s competition.

Day Break in Tarbert

The har is deep and dark at dawn.
Cutters cling to the crests of cliffs,
Turn to Tarbert,
Pick paths through shallow allies
With bounties from the Sound.

Cold fish spill in silver slicks
On wet concrete. Custard-yellow fishermen
Tramp toward the day’s first Scotch.

Mackay is in his shed
Resuming the rhythmic snicking sound,
Loom-arm lurching in precise step
With centuries. Outside,

Sun infiltrates the dark,
Mist melts,
Cobwebs pick out pearls,
Machair blushes brilliance,
Light lifts.

Pegged delicately to the line
Cross-cutting the slice of sea and sky,
A shirt is bloated by the wind.

Mary warms the double bed,
Looks at the still-indented pillow
And thinks about the wake,

As her eager wains run wildly
To print first tracks into the sand.

The curtains in the house are closed,
The waves wash endless on the shore


2022 Winners

PositionTitleAuthorDownload Link (Subject to Availability)
1stDay Break in TarbertJoe Wright Download PDF of Day Break in Tarbert by Joe Wright
2ndGlass Heart Emily McFarlane Download PDF of Glass Heart by Emily McFarlane
3rdKilling TimeFlorence Hall Download PDF of Killing Time by Florence Hall

Our thanks go to the shortlist team, to Caleb Parkin our 2022 Young Poets Judge and to all those entrants who made the competition so tough for the team. The winning entries can be downloaded and enjoyed from the above table.


Competitions Archive

Winners of our previous Competitions