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2023 Young Poets Competition Shortlist

Congratulations to our 2023 Young Poets Shortlisted Entries

An atheist considers F.R. Tenant’s aesthetic argument for the existence of GodGrace McGuigan
Another morning in the Ukrainian CountryMariia Sukhomlinova
Beyond SunlightAndrew Pettigrew
BirthstoneMadeleine Elizabeth Storer
Bite my TongueDaniel Jones
Cowards and CrowsCharlotte Scaccia Connor Hargrove
End, Beginning, EndBernadette Ingrid Yeung
Goodluck Little OneLucy Prescott
Grandfather ClockHannah Coyle
Huo Guo _ Hotpot                                                             Julia Ongking
I dreamt of eternityEleanor Wade
One Day part 2Eva Lantos
Sat in Your Hammock at Night, I Write the Same Poem Several TimesHeather Chapman
The Arts and Crafts BoxTalia Davis
The English OkiesEve Naden
The Hazy ChildLauren Lendrevie
What I don’t tell you when you ask me to write about my countryJulia Ongking
Your Skyline _ Became _ Traumatic                            Alice Brooker

Deanna Rodger won the UK Poetry Slam when she was 18 and since then has pushed down closed doors and held them open for others, curating spoken word events, facilitating workshops, writing commissions, and mentoring. Most recently, her reimagined version of Kipling’s If was read by Serena Williams on BBC Sport.

Deanna Rodger

Deanna has taken her passion for poetry, especially poetry by and for today’s young readers, on to a huge range of platforms: the British Council (various), Writing for Performance (with Benjamin Zephaniah at Brunel University), Arvon Foundation, Roundhouse, Lyric Hammersmith, Apples and Snakes, National Theatre, Young Vic, The Old Vic, Cardboard Citizens, Foundling Museum, Hamilton Trust and countless others. She is an in-house tutor at the School of Communication Arts (dubbed The most successful AD school in the world) and promises to be an inspirational judge for our Young Poets.

First Prize £150. Second and third prizes £75 and £50. Plus a year’s subscription to the Poetry Society. Prize Giving and Poetry Reading takes place on Monday 30 October 2023 as part of the Festival. 
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