Living Well Poetry Competition

Many congratulations to Steve May whose beautiful poem Words & Music was the winner of the Living Well Poetry Competition! 

All the shortlisted poems have been published in the Living Well Poetry pamphlet, which is just £5 each. All proceeds will go directly to the Hospice. You can order copies from Cariad Marketing – please contact Alternatively, pop into the office during office hours at Wilton House, 3-5 Cowbridge, Hertford. We are also hoping they will be stocked in Isabel Hospice shops very soon.

Shortlisted poems:

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


Many thanks to the people who generously helped us with the competition:

Competition judge, Dr Amina Alyal, senior lecturer and creative writing tutor at Leeds Trinity University

Pamphlet cover design, Alice Oliver

Prize money sponsor, Larry Wood

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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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