Noel Connor’s poem ‘Damaged Tins’ secured first place in the North West Words and Aurivo Poetry Competition.
Noel’s friend David Gepp accepted the trophy on his behalf at the prizegiving at Florence Food Co. on Thursday.
The award was presented by Brid Lindsay, Aurivo, and competition judge Kate Newman.
The shortlist for the competition was as follows:
- ‘Galway Crystal’ Trish Bennett, Co. Fermanagh
- ‘Still Life in Landscape’ Stephanie Conn, Co. Antrim
- ‘Damaged Tins’ Noel Connor, Staffordshire Moorlands, England
- ‘Euphemasia’ Patrick J Cosgrove, Co. Waterford
- ‘Keeper’ Gavan Duffy, Dublin
- ‘Rivers of Sleep’ Frank Farrelly, Co. Waterford
- ‘I was in Lanesborough today’ James Finnegan, Co. Donegal
- ‘Way to England’ Noel King, Co. Kerry
- ‘Séan Dáiliocht’ Eoin Mac Guibhir, Co. Donegal
- ‘Dead Dog’ Lynda Tavakoli, Co. Down
A spokesperson for North West Words says: “Thank you to everyone that made our poetry awards so enjoyable tonight. To Kate and Joan Newmann who are such steadfast supporters of North West Words. To the shortlisted poets, both those who could travel to be with us, and those who couldn’t – thank you for the pleasure of your poems. To Donegal Creameries for their much appreciated sponsorship, and to Florence Food Co our host cafe (their staff and owners).”