The winning poems – ATG poem competition 2019

Against the Grain Poetry Press

We’re delighted to share the three winning poems below. Congratulations to the winners and thanks to Sarah James/Leavesley for judging the competition.

First prize – Kathryn Bevis for starlings

Kathryn Bevis

Kathryn Bevis is Hampshire Poet Laureate, 2020. She is founder and director of The Writing School, Winchester, and hosts a Poetry for Wellbeing project for service users of the mental health charity Mind, funded by Arts Council England. Her poems have been published and anthologised in print and online by: Nine Arches Press, Parthian Books, Words for The Wild, and The Fenland Poetry Journal. Recent awards include first prize in the Poets and Players competition, third prize in the Welshpool Poetry Festival competition, and runner up in the Out-Spoken Prize for Poetry. Kathryn’s poems were recently shortlisted for the Nine Arches Press Primers V scheme.

1st starlings Kathryn Bevis

Judge’s comments: starlings – This poem looks beautiful on the page and is…

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