Centenary Poetry and Writing Competition
Centenary Poetry and Writing Competition Winners decided
As part of our centenary celebrations at Carshalton Methodist Church we invited people to write poems (up to 40 lines) or prose (fact or fiction up to 500 words) on the theme of Unforgettable in Carshalton.
The competition has now been judged by Ann Pattison, Chair of the Sutton Writers Circle. The poems and prose entries were of a high standard and it was hard to choose between them. The winning and highly commended entrants have been invited to attend a prize-giving to be held in the second half of the coffee morning on Saturday 22 September when the first, second and third prize-winners will be announced. The three winners (in alphabetical order) were Lorna May Noah, John Wedge and Alex Wills, all of whom live in the Carshalton or Wallington area. Mandy Cotton and Barbara Saunders were highly commended..
Sutton Writers Poetry Slam - 4 October
Sutton Writers would like to invite anyone with an interest in poetry to come along to their Poetry Slam on Thursday 4 October, which is National Poetry Day. The event is at The Robin Hood, 54 West Street, Sutton. [about 400m from main library] starting at 8.00 pm (performers please arrive by 7.45pm). Cost £2 to enter to cover the cost of room hire.
A great opportunity to have fun, hear some lively poetry and make friends with other poets
A large number of poets read their work ‘against the clock’ (two or three minutes is the usual allocated time), after which selected members of the audience award each person marks out of ten. At the end of the evening, these marks are added up and there’s a winner and, possibly, runners up – there’s also a nominal prize of £25.
Due to the speed of change, it’s completely impossible to be bored, and, if you’re a performer, don’t worry. You’re not likely to be following Carole Ann Duffy, so there’s no question of feeling intimidated. While some poets will inevitably be more exciting than others, there’s a chance for everyone, and you’ll know you’re reading to a warm, appreciative audience.