After months of submissions and weeks of judging we are delighted to be able to announce the winners of Poems on the Buses 4!
Poems on the Buses 4 has been our most successful Poems on the Buses competition to date! In total we received just under 500 entries including poems from established poets. This year we opened up the competition to poets outside of Guernsey and entries came from as far away as Greece, Finland, Portugal , Spain..and the islands of Mallorca and Shetland.
The tough decision of judging these poems came down to Gabriel Griffin.
Gabriel Griffin also lives on a small island: the tiny and beautiful island of Orta San Giulio on Lake Orta in northern Italy. Gabriel is founder and organiser of the Poetry on the Lake competition, festival and events on Lake Orta. She has been prized and placed in many competitions and published in magazines and anthologies from 1996-2010. She has published two collections of her own work: Campango and the Mouthbrooders and Transumanza.
If you would like to read the full judge’s competition report please click on the link below
Of the nearly 500 entries received, 33 will be displayed in buses around Guernsey for 6 months. These poems will still be on display when the first ever Guernsey Literary Festival takes place next year from 12 – 15 May 2011.
Out of the 33 winning poems, Gabriel chose her top 3, with an overall competition winner, who receives a cash 1st prize of £300.
Top 3 Poems:
Overall Competition Winner: Homards Vivants by Caroline Carver
Surveillance by Paul Francis
Festival of performing arts by Guy Hunter
33 Winning Poems:
www.teensyweensy.com by Ann Kelley
Dark Days by Ann Gray
Birthwrong by Carolyn King
Black Dog by Philip Williams
Festival of Performing Arts by Guy Hunter
Signals by Duncan Forbes
Different Houses by Michael Swan
Kinship by Jenny Morris
Dating Game by Alison Mace
Homards Vivants by Caroline Carver
On a Bike Stand by Anne Stewart
Forbidden? by Anne Stewart
Homecoming by Zeeba Ansari
The End of the Fairy Tale by Maggie Sullivan
Surveillance by Paul Francis
Hey Diddle Diddle 2 by D W Thomas
Poem written by a Trapeze Artist by Brian Jeffrey
Moonstream by Elizabeth Lavers
Pictures by Chris Consadine
Second Time Round by Helen Farish
A Quiet Suburban Life by Brian Docherty
Walking Home by Bob Rogers
The Carpenter by Stephen A Roberts
Baby Food by Kate Scott
Departure by Chris Considine
Geriatric by Doreen Hinchliffe
When I said “How are you?” by Phil Madden
For Harry by Diana Gittins
The First of… by Pauline Keith
Cockerel by Pete Lancaster
Vacant Possession by Doreen Hinchliffe
That Feeling by Pete Lancaster
S.E.T.I. (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) by A C Bevan
The poems will be launched in the Guernsey Buses in November the date will be confirmed in the next couple of weeks.
Poems on the Buses 4 Competition Judge: Gabriel Griffin
Poems on the Buses 4 Competition Overall Winner: Caroline Carver
More information about the Guernsey Literary Festival can be found here.