Living Well Poetry Competition

Congratulations to the following poets whose poems have been shortlisted in the Living Well Poetry Competition:

Sweet Memories by Bruce Harris
New Day in Spain by Bruce Harris
Downsizing by Philip Burton
If You Were a Season by Caroline Wheeler
Acer Palmatum by Sarah King
Tomorrow is a Stranger by Fran Hunnisett
The Moments of Me by John Trevillian
Living Well by Kate Grierson
Letter to a Stranger by Lee Wadmore
My Still Life by Sarah Leavesley
Nanny Prosser by Sarah Leavesley
What I Would Say to My 20 Year Old Self by Liz Verlander
Appointment by Mari Girling
Pastime by Mari Girling
Leaving the Monument by Mari Girling
Trifle Arrives Twice by Madeleine Wood
The Lullabies of the Wind by Manisha Dhesi
Mother’s Petal Lips by Pauline May
Angels by Priscilla Campbell
Spirit by Ruth Cooper
Words & Music by Steve May
Handiwork by Steve May
Gift of the Gab by Steve May
New Found Life by Sarah Austin
All Things Considered by Anthony Leyton

The winner will be announced at the Awards evening on Friday 6th December. It is an open event, so if you would like to come and listen to some of the shortlisted poets read out their work, you will be more than welcome.

Copies of the Living Well Poetry pamphlet will be available to purchase at the evening for £5 each, or from Cariad Marketing after the 6th – please contact We are also hoping they will be stocked in Isabel Hospice shops. All proceeds to go to the Hospice.

Award event

Friday 6th December 2019 at Isabel Hospice’s Living Well Hub, Hall Grove Welwyn Garden City AL7 4PH. The evening starts at 7pm. Entry is free but we will be raising more funds for the Hospice by the sale of wine, soft drinks and, of course, copies of the Living Well Poetry pamphlet.

With thanks to our judge and sponsor

Many thanks to the competition judge, Dr Amina Alyal, senior lecturer and creative writing tutor at Leeds Trinity University.

Thanks also to the very lovely Larry Wood who has kindly sponsored the prize money so more money goes to the Hospice.

If your company would be interested in sponsoring the publication of the pamphlet, please get in touch with Sarah Wragg:

The competition was organised by Cariad Marketing as part of its 10th anniversary pledge to raise £10,000 for Isabel Hospice.


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