Competition winners 1

WINNERS of the adult section of this year’s Sun, Sea & Books poetry competition have been chosen by former Bard of Exeter, Mantie Lister.

“The poems were really hard to judge as they were all so well-crafted and offered a range of insights into the role and impact that the sea offers our daily lives,” said Mantie, who is currently the Creative Writing and Reviews Editor for the literary journal 'Harts and Minds'.

“I thoroughly enjoyed reading all the work, my thanks and compliments to the poets who have entered the competition.

The theme was The Sea.  First prize goes to Janet Beadsal for her poem: In Memory of a Surfer.

Mantie said: “The poem captures the relationships and conflicts between man and sea with sensitivity. A poem full to the brim of imagery.”

Second place went to Miriam Brown with Of the Incoming Tide, which Mantie described as “A fun and lively poem that captures the sense of pace and all-consuming nature of the sea.”

Joint third prize-winners are Philip Smith with Beachcombing and Janet Dowling with Pennington Point.

Pennington Point is a well-crafted villanelle that mirrors the rhythmic and repetitive nature of the sea with skill,” said Mantie, adding “Beachcombing is a strong poem that is full of imagery and nostalgia.”