Winner of Midhurst Poetry Competition 2015 is announced

The silver rose bowl trophy and a book token for twenty pounds were presented to Michael by the Midhurst Writers Group chairman, Bob Berry

The silver rose bowl trophy and a book token for twenty pounds were presented to Michael by the Midhurst Writers Group chairman, Bob Berry

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THE Midhurst Writers’ Group’s Poetry Competition 2015, has been won by Michael Challen with his poem, A Love Affair Over.

The silver rose bowl trophy and a book token for £20 were presented to Michael by the group’s chairman, Bob Berry.

Runner-up was John Connor with his poem, Land untrod.

The entries for this year’s competition were judged by well known, Wales-based poet, Sue Moules, who said: “I was looking for poems which engaged me and was impressed with the high standard of the entries but in the end the chosen poems had a music to them that went beyond structure, form, rhyme and rhythm.”

The presentation took place at the South Downs National Park HQ in Capron House, Midhurst, where the group meets every Monday evening from 7.30pm.

Visitors and new members are always welcome.

The poetry competition is just one of a number of competitive events held by the Midhurst Writers’ Group each year.

In June, members meet the challenge of producing 800 words of non-fiction prose and October is the occasion of the Ray Bell Memorial Award, Short Story Competition – now in its 27th year.

Discover more about the Midhurst Writers’ Group and read Michael’s winning poem, together with many other poems and stories, on the organisation’s popular website at midhurstwritersgroup.org.uk