Category Archives: Competitions

Two Successes

We had the news almost simultaneously that two members of our Writing Group had been awarded First Prize in Poetry Competitions they had entered.

Christine Pope won her award in the Penge Poetry Competition but was unable to attend the Prizegiving. Nola Turner won the Ripley Poetry Competition and is to be presented with her award on August 26th. at the Ripley Garden Party.

Nola’s poem will be published here after the prize-giving but Christine’s poem is below, having been read to great acclaim at our meeting on 11th. July

Christine Pope

Christine Pope

The River Darent at Lullingstone by Christine Pope


My sandals, strapped together are safely stored high
on the bank while I sit with my feet in the fast flowing
River Darent, this lovely day. Sun dappling leaves.

The water is cold and makes me gasp but it’s sparkling
and clear under the hazel hedge as I watch the black-silver
threads of a shoal of minnows stitch the current.

A nodding moorhen, pip-pip-pips after her solitary chick and
paddles in and out of the nearby sedge. Green and blue – tinselled
damsel flies dart overhead and cling to ragged robin and meadowsweet

growing along the water’s edge. A small mouse-like bird creeps
up and round the bark of a tree; is it the elusive nuthatch or tree creeper?
My cup runneth over. Happiness comes in small chunks like these.

For once there is nobody else around but I hear a duck quack loudly
from the lake, laughing at his own joke and I imagine a tunic clad girl
or boy from the farm of the Roman Villa sitting on the same ledge,

also dipping their hot feet into this same river, the same oaks, the same
flinty soil, the same insects. Bird song is all around me, some I know
this lovely day. A pleasurable melancholy steals over me

as the river runs on unceasingly to its own music,
this music on the verge of tears.

Penge Poetry Festival

Sent from Chris O’Shaughnessy.

Here is a copy of the Penge Festival Poetry Competition Guidelines.
Please ask to have this uploaded this onto the Shortlands Poetry Circle
website. The competition is open to the whole of London this year,
which includes Greater London.

The entry fee for up to three poems is still £3.00. The entry address
has changed though so previous entrants need note this. We are having
an additional new prize: a Young Poet’s Prize of £50 and a book of
Walter de la Mare’s poetry. Entrants for this must be 18 or under and
write their age and poem title(s) on the sealed envelope containing
their name and contact details. All is explained the guidelines.

The poetry awards will be given after my talk on Friday June 16 at the
Bridge House Theatre. Giles will again present the prizes. Again all
information is given on the Entry Guidelines.

We do hope a lot of your members send entries.

Penge Poetry Festival

Poetry Competitions May and June 2016

Two local competitions have been brought to our attention. The first is the Ripley Poetry Prize where entries are invited on any of the following three themes – Soul, Fragment, Manifesting.

The submission deadline is May 20th. and the prize is £100. The judges are Fellows of The Royal Society of Arts.

The Ripley Poetry Prize

The second competition is the Penge Poetry Competition, closing date June 3rd. poems up to 20 lines on any subject. Contestants must have a London postcode. The judge is Giles de la Mare and the first prize is £75 plus a book of Walter de la Mare’s poetry. See the fliers for each of these competitions for further details.

PF Poetry Comp Entry Rules 2016

Poetry and Mind Event at the RSA


Monday 22nd February 2016

UCL/The Institute
20 Bedford Way
London WC1H OAL

Following last year’s successful event at UCL/The Institute with 100 guests celebrating Roger McGough’s contribution British literature, in 2016 the RSA is linking with UCL’s Radical Neuroscience Research Domain to celebrate poetry and neuroscience.

UCL’s Hamish Stewart ,Head of Regular Giving at UCL’s Development and Alumni Office will speak on behalf of UCL’s -new initiative- Neuroscience Domain to `help bring light to transform our world. Neuroscience is a highly interdisciplinary and collaborative scientific frontier embracing chemistry, computer science, engineering and allied disciplines including philosophy, mathematics, physics and psychology .`

The event will be hosted by Aydin Onac ,Headmaster of St. Olave’s Grammar School in Kent , one of the UK’s high performance schools with over 50 Oxbridge entries this year. Aydin is also a Mathematics lecturer and a concert pianist.

Leading poets performing their work are :

Alan Brownjohn FRSL

Poet , teacher, lecturer . Brownjohn’s literary contribution to English literary media and poetry has been constant over fifty years. His latest collection A Bottle and Other Poems at Enitharmon in London was a sell out.

Educated at Merton and having taught in South London Brownjohn continues to enjoy exploring nuances of language .

Be Manzini FRSA , Zimbabwean born performance artist ; film producer , lecturer has reached over 3000 students with her poems and workshops. Residencies in Hoxton, Stratford East ; SLAM poetry fests and her role as Director of Word Champions in East London have put her at the front of literary activism.

Be’s recent work for BFI |PoetryFilm ` Paradox` was shown at Soho’s Groucho Club and Hackney’s Picture House in December.

Anne Stewart’s poetry and service as a prolific reviewer is shown by her website– in its generous reach of poets ,publications and competitions. Winner of The Bridport Prize ,The Silver Wyvern and Southport Prize , Anne’s poems and articles have been published in academic journals –Artemis and in international venues. The Janus Hour (Oversteps Books) and Only Here Till Friday Biblioteca Universalis Bucharest keynote this poet’s collections . Her fortnightly contributions to Shortlands Poetry Circle is celebrated by the group.

Tickets £12.00.Please apply through the RSA on Eventbrite.

January Events 2016

Wednesday 6th January

Mike Bartholomew-Biggs, Alison Hill and Alice Thurling

Kingston University,Room 0003, John Galsworthy building, Penrhyn Road campus, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2EE

Beginning at 6:30 for wine & nibbles before the reading at 7 pm.
For further information about this event contact: Dr David Rogers

Friday 8th January

Ruth O’Callaghan Presents

Hylda Sims, Gillian Henchley, Maggie Butt & Frances Thompson

and featuring Chris Iles Poets from the Floor Very Welcome
Trinity United Reform Church, 1 Buck St, Camden Town
7.00p.m.(doors open 6.30) Entrance £5/£4 Wine

Sunday 17th January


Eleni Cay and Robert Peake

Poets from the floor welcome

Torriano Meeting House, 99 Torriano Ave. London. NW5. Info: 020 8881 1418

7.30 pm, Admission £5/£4(according to pocket).

Sunday 24th January


Paul Birtill and David Schaal

Poets from the floor welcome

Torriano Meeting House, 99 Torriano Ave. London. NW5. Info: 020 8881 1418

7.30 pm, Admission £5/£4(according to pocket).

Sunday 31st January


Eyewear reading – introduced by Todd Swift

Poets from the floor welcome

Torriano Meeting House, 99 Torriano Ave. London. NW5. Info: 020 8881 1418

7.30 pm, Admission £5/£4(according to pocket).


Torriano Poetry Competition 2015


Adjudicator: Ann Drysdale

Closing Date: 31st January 2016 details:

September Poetry Events 2015

LONDON WC1: Lumen Poetry with Cinnamon Press

Date: Tuesday 15 September, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM Price: £5/£4 concessions
Venue address: Lumen, 88 Tavistock Place, London WC1H 9RT

Publicity material for this event says:

Ruth O’Callaghan Presents: Cinnamon Press Poets from the floor very welcome. Poetry performance followed by open mic. Please bring a copy of the poem if you wish to be considered for the new anthology. This year the anthology is edited by Ruth O’Callaghan. Nearest tube stations: Russell Square, Kings Cross St Pancras, Euston. Wine and Soft Drinks Table in aid of homeless All proceeds go to support the homeless in the Cold Weather Shelters


Friday 18 September

Dodo Modern Poets September Songs

Lisa Kelly, Pr Murry, Emily Bevan, Emmanuel Sugoi

The Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, WC2H 9BX

8pm £8 & 7 concessions

Info: 01303 243868;


Sunday 27th September


Michael Bartholomew-Biggs – launch reading: ‘Pictures from a Postponed Exhibition – with poetry from Anna Robinson and paintings from David Walsh

Poets from the floor welcome

Torriano Meeting House, 99 Torriano Ave. London. NW5. Info: 020 8881 1418

7.30 pm, Admission £5/£4(according to pocket).


Barnet Open Poetry Competition

Closing date 16th November,

To be judged this year by Mario Petrucci (general) and Katherine Gallagher (juniors)

1st £500, 2nd £250 and 3rd £100

35 lines on any subject

Entry fees are £5 for adults (£4 if resident in the Borough of Barnet) , Full details are on line on

£5,000 Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2015

Sponsored by Cegin Productions

judged by jean sprackland & john mcauliffe with both judges reading all poems

prizes: 1st £5,000, 2nd £1,000, 3rd £500

plus 20 prizes of £25 each

plus a spring 2016 coffee-house-poetry season-ticket

plus a prize-winners’ coffee-house poetry reading

with jean sprackland & john mcauliffe

on mon 30th nov 2015

…for all prize-winning poets Details

Enfield Poets Poetry Competition

Judge: Anne-Marie Fyfe

Deadline for Entries: 1st December 2015

Prizes: 1st £500; 2nd £200; 3rd £100, + invitation to read alongside our judge at the Dugdale Theatre in February 2016

Further information and entry form will be online closer to the deadline here: