Winners of the Andover Poetry competition 2014

Andover poet Bobbie Coelho has won the Andover section of Andover poetry competition with her food poem ‘untitled’. Floral Way resident Sharon Vennall is second with her poem ‘The Table’. Graeme Sandford won the overall prize of 50 books published by PNS, with his poem ‘A recipe for Sauteed Shakespeare’. Sandra Gordon was second with her poem ‘girlfriends on holiday eat supper with the polizia.’ Graeme came third, the first time this has happened in the history of the competition with his poem Culinary delights. Highly commended goes to Steve Scholey’s Mrs B’s Apple Chutney.

The winning poets, along with judge Alwyn Marriage will be reading their poems at the Andover Celebrates National Poetry Day open mic at Ace and Framing Art Gallery, SP11 6RU on October 2nd  at 7.30pm. The event is free but seating will be limited.

“This is a great start to an exciting season of open mic events in Andover. We’re having a fundraiser at Andover and District Mencap on November 22, with guest Jenny Mc Robert. In the second week in December we’re back in Ace and Framing. They’ve come up with a great idea to combine poetry and art. It made us realise that competitions are great but an Andover anthology of poetry would be better,” said Cat Randle chair of Big Up Words.

The winning poems will be on view on our poetry page and will be on display at The Lights, the week after National Poetry Day. So come along to our celebration and find out what the winning poems sounded like.